Last month (June 2016) the most expensive Pasadena luxury sale was 1517 Lombardy Road. Prior to selling, the home was unsuccessfully listed for $7,500,000, later reduced to $6,950,000 and after a total of 53 days on the market expired. It was quickly relisted with a new real estate agent for $5,900,000 who sold this luxury home for $5,535,000 (nearly two million less than the original list price).
MLS remarks (from the successful sale) read – typos are theirs not mine:
El Naranjal, fabulous Hacienda estate built around an inner courtyard.Three distinguished architects contributed to the design- Reginald Johnson,Thorton Ladd and Theodore Pletsch. Located in the prestigious Huntington Library district on almost 1 acre of Mediterranean landscaped grounds. Main house has been completely restored/upgraded with seismic retrofitting, plumbing, electrical,HVAC, roof, windows, doors, insulation using premium materials & hardware.Features a formal foyer, formal dining room, den, paneled library, living room, gourmet eat-in kitchen with butler’s pantry, Mst BR has 2 walk-in closets, Mst BA w/tub and steam shower ,3 bedrooms, 5 baths, wine cellar and covered veranda. 2 Gst Houses- 2BR/2BA,living room & kitchen;the other guest house is 1 BR/1BA, living room.Glass music pavilion with fireplace,patios,courtyards,lily pond, pool& spa make this a entertainer’s delight. El Naranjal truly is a superb property that exudes serenity, history and style.
Each agent used professional photography but the original Realtor didn’t have much of a chance even with superior marketing remarks due to the over-inflated asking price. I think her photos were a bit better as well.
This extraordinary Mediterranean estate designed by architect Reginald Johnson is located in the prestigious Huntington Library district and has been completely restored and upgraded in recent years. On almost an acre of landscaped grounds the main residence includes a formal entry, dining room, den, paneled library, living room, gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry, morning room, 4-bedrooms, 5 baths, an office, wine cellar, 2-fireplaces and covered patio. The spacious master suite has its own terrace with an adjacent lily pond. A glass music pavilion, pool and spa make this an entertainer’s dream. 2-detached guesthouses contain 3-bedrooms, 3-baths and a 2-car garage. A total renovation and upgrade was undertaken by historic preservation architect William W. Ellinger III in 1997. Seismic reinforcement, new plumbing, electrical, roof, windows, doors, insulation and more were installed using premium materials and hardware. El Naranjal embodies heritage, beauty, style.
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