What does the architect of Griffith Park Observatory design for his own family? A 1908 Craftsman treasure, polished for its second century
In 1908, as the Greene brothers were completing the iconic Gamble House, architect Frederic Ashley (whose later projects would include Griffith Park Observatory) was putting the finishing touches on another Craftsman masterpiece blocks away. Today the three-story home, created for his own family, is a beautifully conserved and enhanced statement of his vision — in a neighborhood that’s now on the National Register of Historic Places. Set on a lot measuring nearly 23,000 square feet, the 4,359 square foot dwelling combines rustic Craftsman beauty with charming Victorian touches. Cedar siding, lavish use of river rock, magnificent fir flooring and built-ins, original windowpanes, subway tiles exquisite period lighting and more create a rich, welcoming ambience. Behind all the beauty lies a full array of modern amenities, including copper plumbing, separate HVAC systems on each floor, and custom closets throughout. This is a home meant for wonderful gatherings. The front door, flanked by stained glass sidelights, opens to a magnificent formal living room with fireplace and bay window. The adjoining formal dining room is highlighted by built-in fir cabinets, expansive windows and a door that leads to a side patio. The adjacent family room centers around another of the home’s four fireplaces. A full guest bathroom serves this floor. The designer kitchen is fully upgraded with granite counter tops, professional grade sink fixtures and professional stainless steel appliances. A light-filled breakfast nook offers views of the verdant front yard. Set amid the lushly landscaped grounds adorned with nine majestic oaks is a rock-walled pool with waterfall, accompanied by a spa, private shower, sitting area and gas fire pit. The sparkling sounds of three fountains drift on the air. In the distance, guests can glimpse nearby Brookside Park and watch the Fourth of July fireworks at the Rose Bowl from a secluded setting. Private spaces on the second floor include four bedrooms, highlighted by a master suite with fireplace. Three more bedrooms are served by a second full bath and a three-quarter bath. Also on this level are an enclosed sun/sleeping porch and two view balconies, one above the front porch. The third floor houses a playroom/game room and a storage room. Other features include Class A GAF fiberglass shingle roofing, an 858 square foot basement with storage area and space for a wine cellar, a laundry room and a two-car detached garage. The home is close to the private Chandler School. Designed by one of the era’s finest architects and constructed by renowned builder D.M. Renton, this Craftsman gem was home to one family for 70 years, and treasured by a fortunate few since. Now the rare opportunity to live amid its timeless beauty can be yours.

Listing represented by Max Pellegrini, Director, Aaroe Estates.
Contact Max at 626.204.7182 | maxp@aaroe.com

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