600 West California Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91105

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4 Bedrooms
5 Baths
3521 Sq Ft Home


Located in the highly desirable South Grand neighborhood, this home is one-of-a-kind in its historic Pasadena area. Designed by notable architect Charles W. Buchanan in 1905, the home represents some of the City’s earliest architecture. After extensive renovation, the property showcases how to improve a building’s performance while protecting the architectural integrity. This union of modern lifestyle with historic architecture earned the home California’s prestigious Build It Green certification. The home was re-imagined to be a healthy and sustainable environment for its occupants, prolong the home’s lifespan for future generations, and blend indoor and outdoor spaces to best enjoy beautiful Southern California living. Renovation work on the home followed both Pasadena Historic Preservation and progressive Build It Green standards. Early 20th century charm remains throughout the home; original features include oak and maple hardwood floors, doors, windows, and antique hardware. The abundance of windows floods every room with natural light. Beautiful board and batten siding was uncovered and restored in the large living room and dining area. An elevated wrap around deck, likely the first built in Pasadena, was restored and is once again an architectural showpiece of the property. The new features following Build It Green’s “Green Point Rated” policies fall under the categories of energy efficiency, indoor air quality, resource conservation and water conservation. A new 8kw solar PV solar system was installed on the roof to cover the home’s energy needs. Other improvements in home energy use include new insulation, electrical wiring, high efficiency LED lighting, and Energy Star appliances. Indoor air quality improvements were made by using zero-VOC paints and the new HVAC system with a high efficiency HEPA filter further reduces air contaminants. A whole-house water filtration system provides purified water from every tap. In an effort to conserve resources, the all-new plumbing includes water-saving faucets and toilets. A new roof and rain gutters feed a large rain capture barrel. The home has a grey water system incorporated into the landscaping, as well as efficient drip irrigation systems for drought tolerant planting, and a composter by the garden. The home’s open and spacious layout is perfect for entertaining. The entry level floor plan includes a living and dining room, redesigned kitchen, butler's pantry, breakfast alcove with working dumbwaiter, a family room and half bath. There are indoor and outdoor music speakers and the whole house is wired for smart home and security needs. Upstairs there is a master suite with walk in closet, an en-suite bedroom/bath, and two additional bedrooms with a jack and jill bath. All rooms enjoy wonderful views. On the basement level is an additional family room with half bath and direct access to the covered patio and gardens. Off the patio is a finished bonus room/studio as well. The home enjoys numerous outdoor areas, such as the inviting restored front porch, expansive deck, and covered patio. The original circular driveway has been restored and the garage relocated, allowing for expanded gardens and gathering spots as they were originally intended. The garden includes orange and pomegranate trees, vegetable plots, and a new Bocce Court. Perfectly situated in a family-friendly and private neighborhood, the home is conveniently located near Arroyo Seco walking paths, the Rose Bowl, Old Town Pasadena shops and restaurants and the Rose Parade.