Piquing interest on Craigslist today is this posting for a one-bedroom apartment in Pasadena's Grace Mansion. Designed in 1891 by Castle Green architect Frederick L. Roehrig for William Stanton, a cousin of Abraham Lincoln's secretary of war, the mansion was converted into eight apartments--each with its own entrance--in the 1920s. Alas, the photo gallery isn't terribly inspiring, with nary a single exterior shot of the entire mansion, but the place--"situated on one acre with gardens and lots of mature trees, including the second largest Moreton Bay Fig tree in the country"--certainly sounds pretty cool. Per the ad, the available apartment is a "bright and airy second-floor unit with lots of windows and French doors," hardwood floors, crown molding, a gas fireplace, washer/dryer, dishwasher, walk-in closet, and "semi-circular balcony which looks out over an old oak tree, great for dining, entertaining, and planting a container garden." Monthly rent for the 1,050 square foot, pet-friendly unit is $2,195.
· $2195 / 1br - 1050ft² - THE MOST UNIQUE APT. IN PASADENA [Craigslist]