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654 East Mariposa Street
Altadena, CA 91001


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Property Remarks

Frederick Roehrig, Architect, The Andrew McNally Estate, 1888. No expense was spared for Andrew McNally's three-story Altadena mansion. The great map maker used his expansive estate as his own personal calling card for those shivering in the Midwest or along the eastern seaboard, beckoning them to the luxe life available only in Southern California. His home embodied the bounty of the San Gabriel Mountains, palm trees and deodar cedars, citrus and olive trees, broad green lawns and sunshine. Even a large aviary for exotic birds to match the colorful arrays of flowers McNally planted throughout the then twelve-acre estate. While there is less land today, the distinctive blue-shingled estate still presides over the valley below, with views out to Catalina Island. Adjectives to describe McNally's nearly seven thousand square-foot house are not those we might use for contemporary architecture. Modesty doesn't work here either. Rather, words such as grand, exotic, eccentric, fit like a glove. Every element of this twenty-two room, nine-bedroom, seven-fireplace, and five-bathroom estate is yet another example of rich original detail. Nearly all of its nineteenth-century features remain intact.

Property Details

MLS#
818001344
Days on Market
145
Year Built
1888
Stories
3
Square Feet
6,938
Lot Size
0.79 Acres
Property Subtype
Single Family
Source of SqFt
Public Records
Source of Lot Size
Public Records

Location

State
CA
Area
Altadena (604)
County
Los Angeles

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Listing provided courtesy of Matthew Berkley , Deasy/Penner & Partners


Exterior

Lot Acreage
0.79
Garage Spaces
3
Waterfront
No

Exterior Construction
Clapboard
Patio Features
Lanai
Porch
Porch - Front
Roofing
Composition Shingle
View
Mountain View
Valley View

Interior

Bedroom Features
2 Master Bedrooms
All Bedrooms Up
Bathroom Count
3 Full Baths
1 Half Bath
1 Three Quarter Bath
Interior Features
2 Staircases
9 Foot Ceilings
Basement
Beamed Ceiling(S)
Coffered Ceiling(S)
Crown Moldings
High Ceilings (9 Feet+)
Paneled Walls
Plaster Walls
Storage Space
Two Story Ceilings
Wainscotting
Additional Rooms
Dining Room
Master Bedroom
Den
Library
Great Room
Attic
Basement
Bonus Room
Central/Center Hall
Den/Ofc
Entry
Family Room
Formal Entry
Guest-Maids Quarters
Living Room
Office
Separate Family Room
Study
Walk In Pantry
Study/Office
Two Masters
Flooring
Carpet
Wood Under Carpet
Fireplaces
Other
Laundry
Laundry Area

Additional Property Details

Guest House
No
Available for Lease
No
Horse Property
No
Maids
No

Style
Architectural
Victorian
Lot Description
2-4 Lots
Yard
Heating
Other
Parking
Parking For Guests - Onsite
Porte-Cochere
Rv Possible
Other Structural Features
Balcony
Custom Built
High Ceilings (9 Feet+)

Altadena

Sharing historic grandeur with Pasadena, Altadena is known for history, tradition, and the charm of an old-fashioned community with the bonus of incredible Los Angeles views.

Real Estate: Altadena real estate has a rich architectural history with many beautiful older homes. You can also find bungalows and mid-century modern homes for sale here.

Community Life: Farnsworth Park offers beautiful views of the Los Angeles skyline. The two-story stone community building was completed in 1934 and has been used as a banquet hall. There is also an outdoor amphitheater for concerts and plays. The Farmers’ Market is held on Wednesdays afternoons.

Education: Altadena is served by the Pasadena Unified School District. Local elementary schools include Altadena Elementary School and Odyssey Charter School. Local private schools include Fair Oaks Academy, Saint Marks, and the Pasadena Waldorf School.

Transportation: Altadena is reached by the 210 freeway. It is served by several Metro local bus lines.

Local Attractions: Altadena is famous for its holiday displays. Christmas Tree Lane has been a holiday attraction since 1920 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Balian Mansion puts on a very notable display. The Mount Lowe Railway site, once the spot for a scenic tourist line is now a popular hiking trail. The ruins of the Cobb Estate lead to a hiking trail to the White City, the ruins of the resort once at the top of the Mount Lowe Railway.

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