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Here Are 17 Of The Oldest Houses For Sale In LA County

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Take a break from the boxy, glassy, Tuscan, tricked-out, brand-new houses for a minute and have a look at 17 of the oldest houses for sale in LA and the San Gabriel Valley. All built in 1900 or before, there are Victorians and Craftsmans on the list, some beautifully maintained, a flip or two, houses that needs some love, and a million-dollar teardown in Hollywood. The care and commitment to maintaining a 120-year old house isn't for everyone, but if you love wide shady porches, backyard gazebos, pressed-tin ceilings, and crazy paint jobs, there might be something for you. Anyway, an old house is still going to be way cheaper than building an actual time machine, and the map is free so get on clicking.

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1. 4324 Glenalbyn Drive, 1885

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4324 Glenalbyn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065

This Queen Anne has been on and off the market a bunch this year. It has four bedrooms, three and three-quarter baths, three fireplaces, hardwood floors, Arroyo stone walls, original woodwork, and a "speakeasy," and has been chopped down to $1.099 million.

2. Hood-Cox House, 1886

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494 Ellis Street
Pasadena, CA 91105

This 1886 Folk Victorian was the first house built on Pasadena's Colorado Court, west of Orange Grove Boulevard, but was purchased and moved a few blocks to its current site in 1901. It needs some work, and is on the market for $1.395 million

3. 9958 Olive Street, 1888

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9958 Olive Street
Temple City, CA 91780

This Temple City property serves history with a side of rental income: in addition to a five-bedroom main house, there are two front houses to lease out. Too bad there's not much historic-looking about the inside.

4. Pinney House, 1888

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225 North Lima Street
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

The Queen Anne-style structure was commissioned as a thirty-room hotel by former Civil War surgeon Dr. Elbert Pinney to accommodate East Coasters arriving in droves to buy up property during the Los Angeles land boom of 1885-1888. It's going for $2.495 million

5. 137 Norumbega Drive, 1888

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137 Norumbega Drive
Monrovia, CA 91016

This four bedroom, three bathroom house once belonged to Mrs. Annette Nye, founder of "a most influential group of women in Monrovia." How's that for history! Relive the sewing circles at this property with room for an RV for $925,000.

6. 3628 Griffin Ave, 1890

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3628 Griffin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Someone hoped to make a quick buck on this Montecito Heights flip, but things don't seem to be panning out. It sold in June for $361,000 and is now on for $479,000 after two price chops. The 1890 house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

7. 3118 Blanchard Street, 1890

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3118 Blanchard Street
Los Angeles, CA 90063

Maybe this Boyle Heights house does have too many extras to mention, but would it have killed them to list one or two? The remodeled three-bedroom house built in 1890 is listed for $314,000.

8. 1320 N. Summit Avenue, 1891

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1320 North Summit Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103

The listing says this pea green Victorian is priced for a quick sale at $799,000, but it's been on the market since April. With a gazebo, wrap around porch, five fireplaces and lots of period features, it looks much more inviting inside than out (maybe thanks to that No Trespassing sign).

9. 6546 Friends Avenue, 1891

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6546 Friends Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601

This colorful house is a slightly strange mix of beautiful original features and seriously tacky upgrades. With four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms in its 2,512 square feet, it's asking $798,000.

10. 837 N. Bunker Hill, 1892

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837 North Bunker Hill Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Built in 1892, this Chinatown house within spitting distance of the 110 is struggling to find a buyer. It's not without its charm, but the asking price seems as steep as that roof--$548,000 after $50,000 worth of chops.

11. 138 Sycamore Park Drive, 1895

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138 Sycamore Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90031

This house in Highland Park has been all done up but is struggling to find someone to love it--probably because it's on top of a freeway. With five bedrooms and two bathrooms and a very dollhouse-like appearance it's asking $469,000 after a couple modest price chops.

12. 2129 Vallejo Street, 1895

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2129 Vallejo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Spacious and remodeled, this Lincoln Heights house just hit the market with a $485,000 price tag. With three bedrooms, It's "great for a growing family or someone who loves Victorian homes"--but not both???

13. 1985 Park Grove Avenue, 1896

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1985 Park Grove Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90007

In the "USC incentive zone," this cute cottage has three bedrooms, double parlors, spacious foyer in its 1,660 square feet. It's on the market for $470,000--down from $550,00 back in April.

14. 1227 West 30th Street, 1898

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1227 West 30th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

This sad-looking house is headed for a probate sale later this month, and is listed for $515,000. The five bedroom house is 2,100 square feet and not too far from USC, and looks like it might scrub up nice.

15. 1170 West 36th Place, 1899

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1170 West 36th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007

On the market for just a day, Redfin has precisely zero to tell us about this house other than the most basic facts: built in 1899 it has five bedrooms and four bathrooms in its 3,474 square feet. It's listed for sale at $1029 million.

16. 711 Cole, 1900

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711 Cole Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Don't get too attached to this little gray bungalow in Hollywood--it's being sold as a "DEVELOPERS DELIGHT." Surrounded by projects in development, it's asking $1.295 million for the 1,200 square foot house (and 6,500 square foot lot).

17. 669 E. Villa Street, 1893

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669 East Villa Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

Sweet duplex cottage in Pasadena, the property comes complete with gazebo, old-timey toilet, and some very dark and heavy wall coverings. It's on the market for $579,000.

18. 115 E. Greystone Avenue, 1890

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115 East Greystone Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016

On the market since April, this six bedroom house from 1890 has had an $80,000 price chop and is now listed for $795,000. It's a fairly unfussy house with the usual questionable updates, and it sits on a quarter acre, in Monrovia.

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1. 4324 Glenalbyn Drive, 1885

4324 Glenalbyn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065

This Queen Anne has been on and off the market a bunch this year. It has four bedrooms, three and three-quarter baths, three fireplaces, hardwood floors, Arroyo stone walls, original woodwork, and a "speakeasy," and has been chopped down to $1.099 million.

4324 Glenalbyn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065

2. Hood-Cox House, 1886

494 Ellis Street, Pasadena, CA 91105

This 1886 Folk Victorian was the first house built on Pasadena's Colorado Court, west of Orange Grove Boulevard, but was purchased and moved a few blocks to its current site in 1901. It needs some work, and is on the market for $1.395 million

494 Ellis Street
Pasadena, CA 91105

3. 9958 Olive Street, 1888

9958 Olive Street, Temple City, CA 91780

This Temple City property serves history with a side of rental income: in addition to a five-bedroom main house, there are two front houses to lease out. Too bad there's not much historic-looking about the inside.

9958 Olive Street
Temple City, CA 91780

4. Pinney House, 1888

225 North Lima Street, Sierra Madre, CA 91024

The Queen Anne-style structure was commissioned as a thirty-room hotel by former Civil War surgeon Dr. Elbert Pinney to accommodate East Coasters arriving in droves to buy up property during the Los Angeles land boom of 1885-1888. It's going for $2.495 million

225 North Lima Street
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

5. 137 Norumbega Drive, 1888

137 Norumbega Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016

This four bedroom, three bathroom house once belonged to Mrs. Annette Nye, founder of "a most influential group of women in Monrovia." How's that for history! Relive the sewing circles at this property with room for an RV for $925,000.

137 Norumbega Drive
Monrovia, CA 91016

6. 3628 Griffin Ave, 1890

3628 Griffin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Someone hoped to make a quick buck on this Montecito Heights flip, but things don't seem to be panning out. It sold in June for $361,000 and is now on for $479,000 after two price chops. The 1890 house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

3628 Griffin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90031

7. 3118 Blanchard Street, 1890

3118 Blanchard Street, Los Angeles, CA 90063

Maybe this Boyle Heights house does have too many extras to mention, but would it have killed them to list one or two? The remodeled three-bedroom house built in 1890 is listed for $314,000.

3118 Blanchard Street
Los Angeles, CA 90063

8. 1320 N. Summit Avenue, 1891

1320 North Summit Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103

The listing says this pea green Victorian is priced for a quick sale at $799,000, but it's been on the market since April. With a gazebo, wrap around porch, five fireplaces and lots of period features, it looks much more inviting inside than out (maybe thanks to that No Trespassing sign).

1320 North Summit Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103

9. 6546 Friends Avenue, 1891

6546 Friends Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601

This colorful house is a slightly strange mix of beautiful original features and seriously tacky upgrades. With four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms in its 2,512 square feet, it's asking $798,000.

6546 Friends Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601

10. 837 N. Bunker Hill, 1892

837 North Bunker Hill Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Built in 1892, this Chinatown house within spitting distance of the 110 is struggling to find a buyer. It's not without its charm, but the asking price seems as steep as that roof--$548,000 after $50,000 worth of chops.

837 North Bunker Hill Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

11. 138 Sycamore Park Drive, 1895

138 Sycamore Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90031

This house in Highland Park has been all done up but is struggling to find someone to love it--probably because it's on top of a freeway. With five bedrooms and two bathrooms and a very dollhouse-like appearance it's asking $469,000 after a couple modest price chops.

138 Sycamore Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90031

12. 2129 Vallejo Street, 1895

2129 Vallejo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Spacious and remodeled, this Lincoln Heights house just hit the market with a $485,000 price tag. With three bedrooms, It's "great for a growing family or someone who loves Victorian homes"--but not both???

2129 Vallejo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031

13. 1985 Park Grove Avenue, 1896

1985 Park Grove Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90007

In the "USC incentive zone," this cute cottage has three bedrooms, double parlors, spacious foyer in its 1,660 square feet. It's on the market for $470,000--down from $550,00 back in April.

1985 Park Grove Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90007

14. 1227 West 30th Street, 1898

1227 West 30th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

This sad-looking house is headed for a probate sale later this month, and is listed for $515,000. The five bedroom house is 2,100 square feet and not too far from USC, and looks like it might scrub up nice.

1227 West 30th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

15. 1170 West 36th Place, 1899

1170 West 36th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90007

On the market for just a day, Redfin has precisely zero to tell us about this house other than the most basic facts: built in 1899 it has five bedrooms and four bathrooms in its 3,474 square feet. It's listed for sale at $1029 million.

1170 West 36th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007

16. 711 Cole, 1900

711 Cole Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Don't get too attached to this little gray bungalow in Hollywood--it's being sold as a "DEVELOPERS DELIGHT." Surrounded by projects in development, it's asking $1.295 million for the 1,200 square foot house (and 6,500 square foot lot).

711 Cole Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

17. 669 E. Villa Street, 1893

669 East Villa Street, Pasadena, CA 91101

Sweet duplex cottage in Pasadena, the property comes complete with gazebo, old-timey toilet, and some very dark and heavy wall coverings. It's on the market for $579,000.

669 East Villa Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

18. 115 E. Greystone Avenue, 1890

115 East Greystone Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016

On the market since April, this six bedroom house from 1890 has had an $80,000 price chop and is now listed for $795,000. It's a fairly unfussy house with the usual questionable updates, and it sits on a quarter acre, in Monrovia.

115 East Greystone Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016