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A historic Victorian in the San Gabriel Valley

Monroe Cottage is a Queen Anne-style house in Monrovia built in the 1880s by a city founder.

March 25, 2012
  • The Monroe Cottage, one of the first homes built in Monrovia, is listed for sale at $1.45 million.
The Monroe Cottage, one of the first homes built in Monrovia, is listed for… (Susanne Hayek )

This Victorian in Monrovia called the Monroe Cottage was constructed in the late 1800s by city founder William N. Monroe. Built as a temporary residence while his permanent house was under construction, the Queen Anne-style structure is capped by a hipped roof with gables.

Location: 225 Monroe Place, Monrovia 91016

Asking price: $1.45 million

Year built: 1884, second story added in 1887

House size: Three bedrooms, four bathrooms, 3,116 square feet

Lot size: 0.45 of an acre

Features: Wide clapboard siding, boxed eaves, carved brackets, front and back porches, second-floor balcony, 12-foot ceilings, nine pocket doors, guesthouse/studio with kitchen and bathroom, saltwater pool, outdoor fireplace, four-car garage, Mills Act tax benefits.

About the area: Last year, 232 single-family homes sold in the 91016 ZIP Code at a median price of $440,000, according to DataQuick. That was a 7% decrease from 2011.

Agent: Eileen Benson, Dilbeck Real Estate, (626) 445-6701

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