A ‘Majestic Castle’

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Behind gates and perched on a private knoll with 360-degree views of the San Gabriel Valley sits the majestic Pyrenees Castle, built in 1925 by Sylvester Dupuy as a replica of a chateau he admired in France during his childhood. The largest privately owned property in the area, the castle sits on just over 2.5 acres, walled and gated, comprised of multiple gardens and mature trees.
The impressive driveway leads to a motor court, with a fountain leading at the main residence. A grand foyer serves as the center point for the two wings of the Pyrenees Castle, each a mirror image of the other. Multiple original architectural details abound, including four turrets, a stately wood-paneled living room and dining room with beamed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, original inlaid hardwood flooring and hand-painted stenciling. With multiple entertaining spaces in addition to the 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, opportunities abound for ways to configure the home for today’s modern living. The separate four garages have living area above them with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, bringing the total count to 12 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms. With upgrades to the infrastructure, roof, bathrooms, plumbing, kitchen and so much more, this home presents a true opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind, trophy estate.
The property is located at 1700 Grand View Drive in Alhambra, with the listing price at $4,428,000. Tim Durkovic of Douglas Elliman is the listing agent. “It’s truly a one-of-a-kind estate,” Durkovic said. “It’s completely private and sitting on top of a hill. And it’s truly a castle, plus it’s over 10,000 square feet.”

‘Jewel’ Mansion Sells for Record $11M

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The “Crown Jewel Estate” sold last week for $11 million, the highest recorded home sale in La Cañada Flintridge history, according to the Realtors involved.

Real estate history was made last week in La Cañada Flintridge.
The 100-year-old home at 700 Berkshire Avenue, believed to have been designed by noted architect Myron Hunt for U.S. Sen. Frank Putnam Flint, sold last week for $11 million, the highest valued real estate transaction recorded in the city, according to the Realtors involved.
Mike Kobeissi of Kobeissi Properties represented the sellers, and Julie Milbrodt of Keller Williams Realty represented the buyers.
The sale of the home known as the “Crown Jewel Estate of La Cañada Flintridge” was recorded Thursday, May 10, and eclipsed 2017’s $10.5 million purchase of an Irish country manor on Woodleigh Lane.
“It took months to put together and everybody is very happy,” Milbrodt said of last week’s transaction. “It’s wonderful news.” Continue reading “‘Jewel’ Mansion Sells for Record $11M”

LCF Fire Victim Says ‘Be Ready for Life’s Challenges’

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Ellie Wildermuth lost her home to a fire in 2009, an experience that led her to write a how-to guide for dealing with life’s unexpected challenges. “Prepare: Life Goes On!” is available at Flintridge Bookstore.

The Red Flag Warning issued earlier this week cautioning L.A. County residents about fire danger related to gusty Santa Ana Winds and warm, dry conditions is the type of warning that comes regularly lately.
It’s the type of alert that should serve as reminder to everyone to get prepared, said La Cañada Flintridge resident Ellie Wildermuth, who’s written a book on prepping for many of life’s challenges.
Those preparations go beyond hardening your home to withstand potential fire danger — they include getting affairs in order in case a fire does damage or destroy property. Continue reading “LCF Fire Victim Says ‘Be Ready for Life’s Challenges’”

LCF Home Sells for a Record $10.5 Million

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This estate at 4110 Woodleigh Lane, with more than 11,000 square feet sitting on more than 2 acres, recently sold for $10.5 million, setting a benchmark for recorded home sale prices in La Cañada Flintridge.

An off-market home just entered the annals of La Cañada Flintridge history as being the highest recorded home sale of all time in the 91011 ZIP code.
The estate, located at 4110 Woodleigh Lane, recently closed with a $10.5 million price tag, placing it squarely on top of Multiple Listing Service’s list of top-priced LCF homes.
Rachel Ashton, who represented the home’s seller along with Partners Trust colleague Laura Brandt, said the home had previously been listed on the market in 2014. Continue reading “LCF Home Sells for a Record $10.5 Million”