Friday, April 28, 2017

The Hoover House: Sierra Madre Spanish-style estate listed for $3.75M sits on more than 1 acre

Mod: Here is a pretty remarkable real estate listing. One that has quite a bit of history as well. What if the Henry A. Darling house, also located on a large lot, had been treated with such tender loving care? Or, conversely, what if the Hoover House were to fall into the hands of the wrong owner? Someone who would be tempted to split this acre of land into smaller parcels for development purposes? That's one way to fund the purchase. I hope this will be the only time we'll ever need to post about Herb's place.


Sierra Madre Spanish-style estate listed for $3.75M sits on more than one acre (Curbed Los Angeles link): This Sierra Madre estate was previously owned by the son of the 31st President of the United States, Herbert Hoover. Naturally, the president and Mrs. Hoover visited numerous times. (Hoover is often considered to be among the worst presidents in history.)

The seven-bedroom house sits on 1.15 acres north of the Hastings Ranch area of Pasadena. Built in 1928, it comes with colored glass windows, high ceilings with exposed beams, a large fireplace, and a wood-paneled library.

In 1932, when the Hoover family moved into the house, they added a playroom that can be accessed via either a fun slide or boring stairs.

The rear yard holds a guest house that measures just under 780 square feet and comes with its own living room and a full kitchen. There’s also a covered patio area that overlooks a photogenic pool.

The property is listed for $3.75 million.


Mod: The listing agency for this remarkable treasure, once also known as "The Winter White House," are those vivacious downtown folks at Podley PropertiesIf you want to read up on their real estately take on the Hoover House do click here.

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65 comments:

  1. And the point is?

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    1. Don't sell the place to anyone who thinks they own the only restaurant in town.

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    2. Don't worry about the "point" you are out of the market.

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    3. 5:24 is looking for a job there pulling weeds.

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    1. Is there a big sign in gold letters that says HOOVER?

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  3. Mad-re-Lago.....you win! Except, of course, not enough gold colored stuff to be in the running. Beautiful house.

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  4. History, indeed! While the country slid headfirst into the Great Depression, Herbert Hoover would come to Sierra Madre to chill out. I wonder, did he hang out at all with Anais Nin?

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    1. Could be a scandal here.

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    2. Are you suggesting that Herbert was Hoovering Anais?

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    3. No but Hoover was a hipster, for sure.

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    4. Did he ever visit the Wistaria Vine?

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  5. After being defeated in a landslide in 1932 by Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hoover spent the rest of his life as a conservative denouncing big government, liberalism and federal intervention in economic affairs, as Democrats repeatedly used his Depression record to attack conservatism and justify more regulation of the economy.


    Same old story

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    1. It was Woodrow Wilson's fault.

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    2. Same story indeed.

      So called conservatives crash economies and crush people.

      Liberals pick up the pieces, get economies rolling again, and, well, liberate the people.

      Conservatives can't stand liberated people, so they convince the uneducated that educated liberals are evil, weasel their way into office, crash the economy and crush the people (especially the uneducated who elected them), and blame the liberals, and on and on….

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  6. Has it been protected in any way?

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    1. Good question. I can't imagine there is another place in Sierra Madre with this much history.

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    2. On the Podley site it says there is an open house this Sunday from 1 to 4.
      http://podley.com/2017/04/25/hoover-estate-just-listed-sierra-madre/

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    3. Disagree 7:51. Many of the homes in Sierra Madre are this old, and older.

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    4. Yes, 8:27, but none was ever the "Winter White House" of a sitting American president.

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    5. 8:31, it's just a realtor hustle.
      How many times did the president visit? How long did his son even own the place? He also lived in Alhambra and in Pasadena, where he died. Are those also historically valuable properties too, because his dad was in the White House?

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    6. The Hoover Jr. family moved into 500 Michellinda in 1928 and didn't leave until well after his father left office. His father visited often and for much of the country put Sierra Madre on the map. That is what makes the place historically significant.

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    7. So the president's child was there for a few years, and where do you get the facts for "often"?

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    8. Google. Try it. Do your own damn research.

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    9. Right - there's nothing to find, except one trip.

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    10. 11:04, the realtor says so.

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    11. Not really historic except maybe in this town which doesn't have too much historally significant. But it's an aesthetically pleasing property.

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    12. There are those who say the Henry A. Darling house is not histofic, either. I guess it is all in the eyes of the beholder.

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  7. 7:34am. Yes, this came before the Planning Commission many years ago when the look of the house was the not as pristine.
    Sadly, the Podley Reality represents this house.

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    1. Why Sadly. Realty is Realty. Were you hoping for unicef to represent the property? How about Henry Darling's progeny, after all, he was a developer from the west side.

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  8. "Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die." - Herbert Hoover

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    1. Hopefully, the possibility of young women in combat it will make it less heroic and show how self-serving it is for those tough talking old men.

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  9. The mountain side above the City of Glendale has the letter H, for President Hoover.

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  10. The time to start saving this one is now.

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  11. The Artic Freeze on offshore exploration of energy has been lifted by Executive Order.

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    1. That's a shame.

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    2. All for oil. Exxon-Mobil uber alles.

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  12. Since when do presidents' children's property qualify as "the winter white house"?

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    1. Herbert Hoover Sr. used to visit his son there often during his one term as president.

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    2. and he ate potato chips on the porch I bet? I mean, really now

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    3. Hoover was a member of Stanford University’s inaugural class.
      In 1891, Hoover enrolled in the new West Coast university founded by industrialist Leland Stanford. While the future president failed Stanford’s entrance examination, the professor who administered the test admired his “remarkable keenness” and admitted him conditionally. Hoover had so little money that at times he lived in the barracks housing construction workers building the university. Hoover served as financial manager for Stanford’s football and baseball teams, won election as treasurer, and met his future wife, Lou Henry, in geology class.

      http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-herbert-hoover

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  13. Liberals pick up the cash, ment to help the sick and elderly and "uneducated", then spend the monies as fast as they can.
    Liberals are like Consultants, creating more fake jobs to study a "problem". Create more of a problem, throw more money at the "problem", say that's not enough, more big money is needed, only to find that"they"have been standing still and havn't a realistic clue as to how and solve the "problem".
    Funny, the problem is right in front of them, but they refuse to look into the mirror.

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    1. The last time the GOP controlled both houses of Congress and the presidency was during the Hoover administration. The Great Depression was the result. There is a reason why he holed up in Sierra Madre. The White House was surrounded by Hoovervilles.

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    2. Economic growth stumbles to worst rate in two years, underscoring Trump's challenge
      http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-economy-gdp-20170428-story.html

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    3. Hoover fail! Troll wail!

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    4. Keep believing the self-described conservatives who keep fooling you and crashing the economy over and over again while they increase their own wealth. Keep believing them when they tell you it's the liberals' fault and keep whining about how you can't get ahead because of the liberals, etc. Watch it play out again, this time with treason added to the mix, and whine more when they blame the liberals.

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  14. I heard that Reagan's second cousin came to a game at Heasley Field. A few times.

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  15. I heard a lot of stuff too... but I don't talk about it. The voices tell me lots of things

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  16. 9:27, got that wrong, it's the far right your talking about. Fool.

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  17. The fate of this property will depend on the codes for what can be done with a house of this age on land of that size.

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  18. Isn't the planning commission considering a historic survey? Is that why some people here are hammering on the Hoover property?

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  19. 12:54pm. There is no way "you"can convince me or anyone else, that Governor Jerry Brown is a Consetvative.
    Why "you"support the gas tax hike 12cent extra on a gallon of gas, increased car registration, 5billion a year out of "our" pockets; how liberating.
    I'll bet the guy that will replace Jerry next year will be just as "Conservative"; since there are so many "Conservative" voters in California!
    What an education, the road repair bill. Most will go to walking and biking promotions, Metro trains, transportation improvement planning etc., more taxes to come. Conservatives love to raise taxes!!!

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    1. There are no conservatives or liberals. Just organized political blocs who give our tax money to their special constituencies.

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    2. Can't hear u too much wind

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    3. Gov. Brown signs bill raising gas tax and vehicle fees by $5.2 billion annually for road and bridge repairs.

      Makes sense to me, the people who use the roads should pay for them.

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    4. Drive electric, pay no gas taxes.

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    5. Drive electric, and fool yourself that your saving the planet energy (hint, hint research how electricity is generated, it ain't free).

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    6. Hint hint. I have solar. And I don't pay gas taxes. Hint hint.

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    7. Hint hint, read my response again, was referring to electric vehicle, not home electricity. Unless you have solar panel farm the size of a football field you ain't generating enough power to power both home needs and your electric vehicle.

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  20. Jesse Owens made some cash racing horses. Got a picture of him doing it. He would be faster out of the blocks but then horse would catch him.

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    1. Result of Dump cutting EPA

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