Elegant Colonial Revival Historic Home

2139 El Molino Ave
Altadena, CA
United States
Offered at: $999,000
MLS Number: 315010594
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Year Built: 1901
Building Size: 3287 Square Feet
Lot Size: 13826 Square Feet
Property Type: Single Family
Property Status: Sold

The Historic Flora Villa circa 1903 in the Altadena foothills is waiting for its next owner. This remarkably well preserved colonial revival with a dash of Craftsman is replete with wonderful period details: overhanging rafter tails, extensive front porch with Doric columns, ornate crown molding, Batchelder tile fireplace, 9’ ceilings, push button light switches, detailed door knobs, period light globes, Wedgewood stove, not to mention the exquisitely cared for dark stained oak hardwood floors on the ground floor. This stately home is positioned far back from the street, with a circular driveway and luscious front lawn and surrounding flower beds. Step across the wide front porch and enter into the main floor hallway with inlaid detail floors. The elegant grand living room is bathed in natural light from the floor to ceiling small pane windows and anchored by a grand fireplace with carved wood mantel. Off the living room is an enclosed porch offering infinite possibilities as an office, workout room, playroom or music room. Towards the back of the home is the comfortable family room with dry bar and built-in glass cabinets. The eat-in kitchen has pine wood flooring, recessed lights, ceiling fan, wood and tile countertops, double porcelain sink with Moen faucet, Bosch whisper quiet dishwasher, Wedgwood stove in mint condition with hood fan and plenty of wood cabinets. Next to that is the laundry room with a wash area. The formal dining room has a bay window, period chandelier, ample room for a large dinner party, and a conveniently located powder room. The downstairs bedroom is currently used as an office and features built-in book shelves, leaded glass, and crown molding. Upstairs is the stunning master bedroom filled with natural light from an abundance of casement windows and a great view of the nearby hills. The walk-in closet is a room unto itself with enough room for a full sized vanity.  There’s also a good sized second walk in closet.  The adjacent full bath includes shower over bath tub, pedestal sink with new light fixture, tile floor, and custom wall tile around the bath. The second bedroom has a large closet and a bay window seating area with leaded glass. A second bathroom includes tile shower, new light fixture and framed mirror over sink. There’s also an enclosed sleeping porch. The private, fully fenced backyard has a freshly resurfaced large pool with cabana and dressing rooms. There’s a two-car detached garage that opens to the back driveway. The biggest surprise is a palatial basement currently being used as storage and as a photographer’s darkroom. It would make a great extensive wine cellar and/or walk-in humidor. This home includes security system, dual zone a/c, new driveway pavement, new exterior paint, copper plumbing, 200 amp main electric panel, retrofitted foundation, restored backyard deck, automatic sprinklers. The original owner/builder of the house was Dorothea Hoaglin Hayden. She was something of a celebrity: a poetess and patron of the arts, she published several books and held readings at the house. This country estate set in provincial Altadena offers old world peace and quiet yet is only minutes away from freeways and retail.