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.Read More
Here Are 17 Of The Oldest Houses For Sale In LA County
4324 Glenalbyn Drive, 1885
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.
Hood-Cox House, 1886
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
9958 Olive Street, 1888
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.
Pinney House, 1888
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
137 Norumbega Drive, 1888
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.
3628 Griffin Ave, 1890
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.
3118 Blanchard Street, 1890
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.
1320 N. Summit Avenue, 1891
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).
6546 Friends Avenue, 1891
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.
837 N. Bunker Hill, 1892
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.
138 Sycamore Park Drive, 1895
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.
2129 Vallejo Street, 1895
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???
1985 Park Grove Avenue, 1896
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.
1227 West 30th Street, 1898
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.
1170 West 36th Place, 1899
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.
711 Cole, 1900
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).
669 E. Villa Street, 1893
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.
115 E. Greystone Avenue, 1890
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.