Last month (February 2016) the most expensive luxury home sale in La Canada was 1011 Descanso Drive. This 7 bedroom, 6 bath home and guest house encompass nearly 6,000 square feet on a 16,000+ square foot lot. The home sold for $2,800,000.
If at first you don’t succeed…. try, try, again. This home has been on and off the market soon after the sellers purchase in 2005 when it was just 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. They paid $1,600,000.
(I can’t take credit for the typos in the MLS remarks, but it’s entertaining to read them and see how each Realtor attempted to define the copy.
In 2008, the home was rebuilt and listed with Agent A for $2,600,000 for 287 days.
MLS remarks read: This new construction home offers a private, gated estate with the highest quality workmanship and materials available. American Cherry Hardwood floors, Granite countertops, Pella Windows, Custom Cabinetry, and more add to this very open/private floor plan. Elaborate Custom Made Double door entry leads you to dramatic, exquisite wood stairwell. Your estate also offers you a private pool/spa, and a guest house perfect for entertaining out of town guests. Located close to the Descanso garden and close to Award winning schools, private parks, and convenient shopping.
In 2009, the home was relisted with Agent B for 76 days at $2,595,000.
MLS remarks read: ** SUBSTANTIAL REDUCTION ** Located within the Award Winning La Canada Unified School District,is this Fabulous Flintridge Mini-Estate. A gated, private residence offering quality materials and dramatic design. Custom entry doors, American Cherry Hardwood Flooring, Pella windows and sliders provide visual accents to this comfortable and classic home. Located conveniently to shopping, restaurants and freeway connections to Pasadena, Glendale and Downtown Los Angeles. Enjoy a casual visit to Descanso Gardens or Memorial Park. If your in need of space for long-term guests or just visiting friends, this property features a complete 2 bedroom guest house. There are many more features to admire when you visit this home. Please note that the main residence is 5,145 sq.ft. and the guest house is 707 sq.ft.
This La Canada home was relisted with Agent A at $2,195,000 for 72 days.
MLS Remarks read: Remodeled in 2008 with finest materials: American Cherry hardwood, cherry wood doors, custom vanities, and Pella Windows & Doors. The property is gated and located in the most desirable of La Canada with shopping, restaurants, parks, Descanso Garden, and award winning school district nearby. The main house is decorated with stone work with 5 bedrooms with each bathrooms within bedrooms except for downstair bedroom. The property also has a guest house which has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a kitchen and a living room which is upgraded to granite counters in kitchen and bathroom and central A/C. (5145 sq ft does not include guest house – guest house is over 700 sq ft). The property can be leased for $8000/month or $7000/month for all property excluding guest house which will be occupied by owner (with certain terms and conditions).
Three years later, in 2013, the home was again relisted with Agent A; the asking price increased to $2,800,000 – on the market 138 days.
MLS remarks read: Just Reduced Significantly!!! All offers are negotiable. Newly remodeled, up to 95% of the house was built from ground up in 2008 with highest quality materials, such as American Cherry Hardwood Floors, Granite Countertops, Pella Windows, Custom Cabinetry, cherry wood doors, and the house is constructed with 2 x 8 framing woods on first floor and 2 x 6 framing woods on second floor, which translates to heavier loads of insulation that brings out an even quieter living space on top of quiet neighborhood and also will provide savings in energy. Elaborate custom made Double Door entry leads you to dramatic, exquisite wooden stairs. The estate also offers a pool and a guesthouse perfect for entertaining out of town guests. Located in La Canada close to the Descanso Garden, private parks, convenient shopping and the Award Winning schools.
In 2014, the home was listed with Agent C for $2,195,000 and this time just 90 days on the market.
MLS remarks read: This gated French Normandy Estate is situated in one of La Canada Flintridge’s most sought after neighborhoods. This two-story home offers 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, a great room with fireplace and a charming retreat. The spacious rooms are harmoniously complemented by high ceilings, large windows, and marble, cherry wood and travertine flooring. The gourmet kitchen is complete with custom made cabinetry, center island with granite counter tops and breakfast area. The upper level features 4 bedroom suites including the large master bedroom with sitting room and balcony which overlooks the beautiful landscaped lawns. Located across from the main house overlooking the pool is the private guest house that features two bedrooms, 3/4 bathroom, a kitchen and living room. Close to Descanso Gardens, shopping, entertainment, transportation, and La Canada Schools. House measures at 4236 square feet and the guest house measures 957 square feet.
Relisted for 100 days in 2015, for $2,950,000 and back with Agent B.
MLS remarks read: Gated French Country estate located on one of the most prestigious streets in LaCanada Flintridge, Descanso Drive. Additionally, it is in the award winning LaCanada Undified School District. The two story main residence features 5 large bedrooms and 5 baths including a very dramatic master wing with a eye-opening retreat. The lower level features a great room with a fireplace, a family room and a guest suite. The gourmet kitchen is complemented by a center island with warming oven,granite counter tops, microwave and breakfast area. Also, the home is highlighted by custom hardwood and marble flooring, windows and entry doors. The newly remodeled guest house offers two bedrooms and one bath plus a new kitchen open to a large family dining area. The just completed pool and spa area is a great entertaining spot which includes and fabulous BBQ Center to treat your family and guests. All of this plus the proximity to shopping, restaurants, transportation and Descanso Gardens.
Then relisted 29 more days with Agent A for $2,650,000.
MLS remarks read: The French estate is gated and located in the most desirable of La Canada with shopping, restaurants, parks, Descanso Garden, and award winning school district. The main house is decorated with stone and wood work with 4 suites, a downstairs’ bedroom and more. The property is completely remodeled in 2008 with finest materials: American Cherry hardwood, cherry wood doors, custom vanities, and Pella Windows & Doors. And recently guest house, swimming pool, hot tub, and barbeque were completely redone to add to the beauty of the property. Part of the remodel for main house also includes framework of 2×8 on the first floor and 2×6 on the second floor which adds to the warmth and luxurious feel to the house.
The home was listed with Agent D just before Thanksgiving for $2,899,000 and this real estate agent hit the jackpot -,selling to a cash buyer for $2,800,000.
MLS remarks read: REJOICE! YOUR ESTATE AWAITS YOU. NESTLED IN THE FOOTHILLS OF THE BEAUTIFUL QUAINT COMMUNITY OF LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, THIS HOME OFFERS YOU THE SECURITY AND PRIVACY YOU HAVE BEEN SEEKING. AS THE SECURITY GATE OPENS, IT WILL WELCOME YOU IN AS YOU DRIVE ALONG THE EXTENDED DRIVEWAY, TO OPEN UP AND BE GREETED BY YOUR NEW HOME. THE HOME JUST RADIATES AS IT CATCHES THE GLISTENING RAYS OF SUNSHINE. THE MAIN HOUSE IS A BEAUTIFUL 5 BEDROOM AND 5 BATHROOM HOME, THE 4 BEDROOMS UPSTAIRS ARE EN SUITE WITH CLOSET ORGANIZERS…NO MORE HUNTING FOR CLOTHES. THERE IS A BEDROOM DOWNSTAIRS, GREAT ROOM WITH FIREPLACE, A GOURMET KITCHEN,AND DEN/FAMILY ROOM. THE GROUNDS ARE FILLED WITH KNOCKS AND CRANNIES WHERE YOU CAN JUST ESCAPE WITH A GREAT BOOK…OR ENJOY YOUR SPARKLING POOL AND SPA….BUT WAIT DID I MENTION THE GUEST HOUSE…NO MORE WORRIES ABOUT FRIENDS AND FAMILY COMING TO VISIT. THE BEAUTIFUL GUEST HOUSE HAS A LIVING ROOM,KITCHEN, 2 BEDROOMS AND A BATHROOM. THERE ARE MORE THAT AWAITS YOU, SO PLEASE C