A ‘Majestic Castle’

Photo courtesy Mark Liddell

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.”

Durkovic Group Joins Douglas Elliman

Tim Durkovic
Tim Durkovic

Douglas Elliman Real Estate has announced that top-producing agent Tim Durkovic and his team, the Durkovic Group, have joined Douglas Elliman’s California brokerage in its Pasadena office.
“Bringing extensive knowledge and experience of the Pasadena market, Tim and the Durkovic Group lead an innovative way of doing business, which sets them apart from their competitors,” said Jon Butler, broker of record at Douglas Elliman, California.
As an expert in luxury estates, Durkovic “provides personal service and powerful advocacy through every step of a transaction,” the company said. “His background in the arts helps inform his unique marketing approach, capturing the essence of a home to set it apart from others in a modern, editorial-style with stunning photography and video. The Durkovic Group also has an exclusive affiliation with a celebrity photographer and designer, Mark Liddell, of Mark Liddell Design. Together, they work closely to help give advice, stage and prepare client homes for sale in order to maximize returns.”
“Driven by his passion for real estate, people and the arts, Tim Durkovic’s elegance, combined with an unmatched commitment to service, has been the key to his success,” said Stephen Kotler, CEO of Douglas Elliman’s Western Region. “Here at Elliman, we have a strong commitment in supporting the arts. The Durkovic Group’s philosophy of art and business mirrors this commitment. We welcome Tim and the Durkovic group with open arms, and look forward to expanding our footprint in the eastside market, one masterpiece at a time.”
Born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Durkovic moved to the United States when he was 18 and is fluent in both Spanish and English. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in piano performance, having studied at the Juilliard School and USC. He has lived and worked not only in the Arcadia/Pasadena area for more than 15 years, but also in Los Feliz and the Hollywood Hills, providing him with first-hand knowledge of the real estate market from Bradbury to Beverly Hills. With his international background, his clients hail from all over the world, including Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
“Elliman’s incomparable system of referrals, both nationally and globally, coupled with the strength of the marketing, PR and technology offered was an important decision-making factor for us to join and form a team,” Durkovic said. “The leadership of Stephen Kotler and Peter Hernandez was the ultimate decider, and I am thrilled to begin the new year with Douglas Elliman.”