Few would guess from looking at it today, but this stately Colonial Revival in Pasadena actually started its life as a barn, way back in 1880. According to historic records, the structure was converted into a single-family residence by owner Charles Norberg in 1908. Norberg, a Swedish immigrant, was an architect in the office of G. Lawrence Simpson, designer and builder of Wrigley Mansion and numerous other Pasadena-area landmarks.
Located a few blocks south of Arlington Garden in the city’s Grace Hill neighborhood, the 3,128-square-foot home has two floors. On the lower level is the living room, formal dining room, library, kitchen, office, bedroom, and powder room, while the upper level contains four bedrooms, including a master suite with walk-in closet, office, and garden views.
Features include hardwood floors, panel molding, French windows, a gold leafed fireplace mantle, Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, vintage O’Keefe and Merritt stove, and three outdoor patios, one with a seat wall and fireplace.
Among the home’s extensive upgrades are a new foundation, new cedar shingles on the exterior, full copper plumbing, a rebuilt chimney, and new electrical and HVAC systems. There’s also a two-car detached garage with a loft apartment.
On a 9,183-square foot lot, the property is asking $2.68 million. Open house is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- 1211 Avoca Ave [Estately]