Saturday, December 30, 2017

Curbed LA: Character-rich 1930s cottage in Sierra Madre asking just under $1M

 241 W Montecito Avenue,  Sierra Madre, CA  
Mod: You have to wonder every time you see a house like this come on the market. What will the new owners do with the place, especially after they've spent such a ridiculous amount of money to buy it? Note the disclaimer.

Character-rich 1930s cottage in Sierra Madre asking just under $1M (Curbed LA link): On the market for the first time in over half a century is this sweet 1931 cottage in Sierra Madre. While the 1,993-square-foot bungalow is undeniably in need of freshening up, it’s not at all difficult to envision it being turned into a Pinterest-worthy pin-up.

Along with hardwood floors, archways, built-ins, French doors, a Batchelder-style fireplace, vintage light fixtures, and handsome woodwork, the three-bedroom, two-bath is blessed with a bounty of beautiful period tile. There’s also a roomy front porch and a one-car garage.

Located on a .3-acre lot, it’s listed with an asking price of $998,900.

Mod: Here is how ReMax pitches it (link). That disclaimer is in the last sentence.

Restore this amazing property with arched doorways, nooks, cranies and coves to its original beauty! Front porch, formal living room with fireplace, formal dining room and more! Front room which was used as an office has a private entrance there is also an inside laundry room.

Three spacious bedrooms, each have walk-in closets with shelves and a window. Bathrooms have beautiful original tiles, lots of built-ins thru out, hardwood under carpet and much much more! Gated driveway with a one car garage has alley access.

Huge lot of over 13,000 sq ft has many possibilities, buyer to investigate zoning with City.

Mod: You don't pay a million dollars for a 1,993 sq. ft. cottage built in 1931 and in need of restoration. You're buying it for that large lot. "Investigate zoning with the city." Yes, of course. Next up is news of a restoration project that has just gone south.

Windmill falls through roof of Denny’s in Arcadia (Pasadena Star News link): The historic windmill atop the Arcadia Denny’s detached and fell into the restaurant Friday morning.

Representatives from Denny’s were not immediately available to comment Friday, but Arcadia police were notified the windmill had fallen at 7:28 a.m., said Sgt. Dan Crowther. Signs around the restaurant at noon said it was closed for maintenance.

Exactly a year and a half ago, on June 29, 2016, Denny’s officially reactivated the windmill, and it had been spinning all day, every day since then.

The windmill is the last remnant of the Van de Kamp’s Holland Dutch Bakery’s coffee shop franchise, which built 15 locations bearing the same design. The Arcadia location, the first of the 15 built, opened in 1967.

Mod: Trouble every day in this life. The rest of the article is available at the link. 

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65 comments:

  1. I don’t see much wrong with the house. Maybe the kitchen needs an update. But the rest looks okay. The ground seed work. Very funky bathrooms. Zillow has it listed for more than the asking, but they’re usually high anyway. So what’s your beef?

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    1. Obviously the property is the draw here. The house will be torn down. And as we saw in the Kefalas case, whether the city or anyone else approves. But that's OK. The City Council will pass another ordinance and say they fixed it.

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    2. Pretty cynical of the Realtor, right? Selling the house for its vintage appeal, knowing full well it is the large lot that is of real interest to anyone laying down a million bucks.

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    3. How stupid is Curbed? Don't they know what they're pushing?

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    4. 6:24 is that your professional opinion? You see marketing pictures meant to sell you something and that’s enough for you?

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    5. I think 6:24 had a Coke and a smile.

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    6. 9:06 & 9:08: Just an opinion. Not professional. I like old houses and this one is in decent shape. Realtors just want to sell so without saying you can add on they reword it. And know, I don’t just look at pictures. I went through the now Kefals house and thought he should have been hugely fined. I went to all those meetings. I know what the CC doesn’t do here. I just thought the mod was commenting on the price. And no, no coke this morning. This will bear watching and I’m sure Preserve will be watching, too.

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    7. My point exactly. You went through the darling house and your opinion was it was fine? Because you thought it was pretty. And based on that ignorance he should have been fined? Never mind the engineering reports (by licensed professionals and city officials) stating the major deficiencies, and structural failures.
      It’s this kind of opinion based on hot air and hubris that is damaging to individuals and community.
      Would you listen to an electrician diagnosing you with cancer because he has access to webmd?

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  2. Its time this city expanded. I think the population should at least double, and the lots are too big with too small of a footprint as is. Its time we get real. This city needs to expand, and fast!

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    1. Property values here are through the roof. Apparently people are voting for keeping Sierra Madre as it is with their money. Where are you going to get the water?

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    2. 6:46 - Are you from Sacramento?

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    3. "and the lots are too big with too small of a footprint" What does that even mean? We could probably squeeze in 500 homes at the Monastery and 50 at the Carter estate, 50 condos at the library what am I missing?

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    4. I think his name is "Stack 'N Pack Stan." The high density development man.

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    5. Stack "n Pack Stan
      He's the high density development man
      He's doing everything he can
      To bring about Sacramento's density plan!

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  3. 6:46, why don't you expand yourself right out of town, someplace like maybe down town LA.

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  4. 6:46 sure knows how to stir the pot.

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  5. 6:46 must be from Sacramento, get the tar and feathers ready, we're preserving this town.

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  6. Where is the property rights guy today? Or should I say, the property rights of people who bought property for development. Not the property rights of those who actually live in Sierra Madre.

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  7. Right on the money 7:48.

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  8. The Planning Commission is already out in front of zoning.
    If a buyer wants to pay a certain price, without investigation of what the city allows/disallows; then buyer beware.
    The buyer could always take the realtor to court.

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  9. The State has mandated low cost affordable housing for all cities. Yes; housing below . the market value of land.
    6:46am. You may get your wish.

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    1. Der stadt vill get itch vay!

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  10. 6:52am. A few individuals never really understood what and why on the Kefalas property.
    Just like those same individuals did not understand the city vs the property on Montecito ave. and why the courts prevailed.

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    1. Apples and oranges.

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    2. Sounds like road apples to me, 8:07.

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  11. I don't recall seeing the windmill spin.
    How was it reinforced after all those years of sitting idle?
    Either way, it is sad to see it in the stage that it is now.

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    1. I got bad food poisoning at a Denny's once. Ended up in the hospital. I see this as Karma.

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  12. What can be done with that property is already on the books. Anyone know what zone it is in?

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    1. R3, the biggest one we have.
      Bye bye cottage, hello condos.

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    2. E Montecito has been on the high density hit list since the DSP days.

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    3. Some of West Montecito, too. Here's the map:
      http://cityofsierramadre.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_212309/File/Business/Maps/zoning_map_2011_draft_20110725.pdf

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    4. This is on west montecito

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  13. 8:16, it’s been spinning after Denny’s had the windmill supposedly re done 1.5 yrs ago. Good thing no one was hurt or lost their Grand Slam breakfast.

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  14. When the Van de Kamps restaurant originally opened at that location in 1967 the windmill was actually used to pump water from the ground to serve to its customers stolen from Sierra Madre.MAGA

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    1. Make Aquifers Great Again.

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    2. I thought the water was used in the Tulip Fields on Santa Anita and to replenish the Salmon farm that feed into the San Gabriel River.

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    3. When water is stored in aquifers underground, and the aquifer is physically in two cities, is the water in one city smart enough to not go into the aquifer of the other city ?

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  15. 8:16am. If they be road apples; then I am astride the horse and you'd be the fellow with the shovel and can!

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  16. That house has been a rundown blight for years. Zero maintenance which means there will probably be major issues, both structural and systems. There are a few houses on that street fitting that description. Either take care of them over the years or watch them get torn down. You can’t expect someone else to bear the cost of an unreasonable preservation, especially when the metrics are because “it’s cute”.

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    1. Isn't that the same BS line that was used for the Henry Darling house?

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    2. The same reality. Yes.
      Are you under the impression that wood houses will last forever even when you do nothing to maintain them?
      Stick to reading poetry and lighting patchouli candles.

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    3. So the two alternatives are a crummy run-down house, or stack and pack condos?

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    4. I never implied that. Why would you make that assumption? How about a new house.

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  17. 1931 Cottage. Wasn't something passed about the demolition of older homes?

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    1. You can't demolish them unless somebody is going to make a lot of money.

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    2. Yes, 9:12, they'll have to take their plans to the commission for permission.
      But the new owners will have the R3 zone as their ace in the hole.

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  18. 8:58am. I had to do a double take a few years back while walking the Los Angeles River.
    Washed up in shallow water, a very large salmon; all the gulls made a quick lunch date.

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  19. Small vintage house, big lot, nonsense Realtor publicity that makes it sound like it's a preservation situation. I am sure City Hall will find a way to make this happen. But it will be the last time! Really!

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  20. The collapse of the windmill is proof that wind and solar cannot power this country. Fossil fuels like oil, coal, and gas are the only answers. We must drill more, frack more, and dig, dig, dig. Uneducated white males in red states don't want to be retrained. They need jobs now, so let's help get those guys back in their holes. Drill baby drill. Frack, frack, frack. Dig, dig, dig.

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    1. I own two electric cars and I have solar on my roof. I don't buy gas, don't pay Edison. Everything I own runs on sunshine.

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    2. ... ease off the needle, you desperate junkie. Fossil fuels are cheap. Why waste our own when we can still buy everyone else’s. When they truly get scarce, then we can frack it up

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    3. Something went over a couple of heads!

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    4. Or just wasn’t well delivered

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    5. Or it was just stupid.

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    6. Umm, 12:00, do you really think the Denny’s windmill was functional and generated electricity? If so, second question: are you out of your mind ?

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    7. It was used as an egg beater.

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    8. Yeah, that’s it 7:13. For when the moon isn’t full enough to power their lunar panels.

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  21. 1:02pm. Until Edison raises their rates!
    Impossible, you have to tap into the hardware of Solar somewhere.

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    1. We're 18 years into the new century, Cappy. Time you caught up. The only use for Edison when you have solar is storage. That function is now being replaced by batteries. I know some people feel uncomfortable if they are not tethered to a vast corporation, but others have adjusted to freedom quite well. Don't be so gutless and servile.

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  22. Battery storage has been around since the first coils of pipes were placed up on roof tops.
    One guess for the new taxes Sacramento will be aiming for in the next year or two.
    Nothing in life is free!

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    1. When people catch on that they can kick Edison's "smart meters" out of their lives and pull the wires off their houses there won't be much left to tax. Off the grid is coming to America. And Edison off our backs as well.

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  23. 3:35, well sure, if you can afford to go solar, not an option for those barely gettin by.

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