Here's a chance to own a little piece of history: the Craig Adobe, Pasadena's oldest standing structure, hit the market last week. The house is named for James Craig, who bought the original adobe structure and 5000 acres in what would become Pasadena in 1869 for "$31,250 in gold coin." The heart of the house is a small adobe structure built between 1825 and 1850, though Craig expanded the house and added Victorian flourishes in the decades before he accidentally drowned in a water tunnel in Eaton Canyon. The house has only had four owners since the Craig family sold it, including an associate director of the Pasadena Playhouse, who restored the original look of the adobe structure in the 1930s. After much subdividing and street building, the four-bedroom house now sits on half an acre. Featuring two master suites, five fireplaces (including one in the kitchen), a wide veranda, plus detached artist's studio, the Mills Act-qualified home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is asking $1.45 million.
· 2121 Monte Vista St [Official Site]