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Private landmark in Pasadena

A three-story brownstone designed by Myron Hunt was the architect's residence for almost half a century and still carries his personal touches.

November 23, 2008|Catherine Ho | Ho is a Times staff writer.

Before he designed the Rose Bowl, the Ambassador Hotel and some 200 other landmark structures, architect Myron Hunt created his private residence in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Pasadena, where he lived with his wife and children from 1905 until his death in 1952.

The three-story Arts and Crafts brownstone, listed for $2.25 million, has much of its original woodwork, with dark panels and doorways of Douglas fir and redwood that create a lodge-like feel in the living room and library. Many of Hunt's books still line the bookshelves of the library. An original light fixture -- a gift from railroad mogul Henry E. Huntington -- hangs in the downstairs sun room and will be included in the sale.

Since buying the home in 2003, owners Michael and Kathleen Harris have added a two-car garage and master bathroom and have updated the kitchen, installing granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. They stripped wallpaper left behind from previous owners and restored much of the house to its original state, including rebuilding period light fixtures and keeping Hunt's original tub in the master bathroom.

The house, designated a Pasadena Landmark in 1991, is a short walk from Old Town Pasadena and just up the hill from the Rose Bowl and Brookside Golf Club.


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Grand design

Location: 200 N. Grand Ave., Pasadena 91103

Asking price: $2.25 million

Previously sold: For $1,345,000 in September 2003.

Size: There are six bedrooms and six bathrooms in 5,600 square feet. The lot is 13,908 square feet.

Additional features: The house has five fireplaces, maple floors, a two-car garage, five-zone central air conditioning and heat, and a 750-bottle, climate-controlled wine cellar.

Around the neighborhood: Ninety-one single-family homes sold in the 91103 ZIP Code since the beginning of the year at a median sales price of $439,000, according to MDA DataQuick. Last week there were 109 single-family homes listed for sale on in the ZIP Code, priced from $171,000 to $9.5 million.

Listing agent: Jeff Maynard, Sotheby's International Realty, (626) 229-0909

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