Owners of these homes are a passionate bunch. Those who relinquish their gems at all have often just fallen in love with another one. And that’s part of what led to John Aaroe Group selling three Greene & Greene homes in a single month.
Spend any time in Pasadena, and you’ll soon see it’s a Craftsman paradise, exquisitely defined by Greene & Greene. Brothers Charles and Henry Greene designed over a hundred homes in Southern California from 1894 to 1921. They lived and worked in Pasadena, and today, the city is home to more Greene & Greene treasures than anywhere else in the country.
March was a lifetime high point for Aaroe Estates Director Kevin Bourland, as he deftly handled the sales of a trio of Greene & Greene homes back-to-back. One of them was flat-out irresistible to aficionados. The 1909 Crow-Crocker House — a symphony of rare woods, original hardware and light fixtures, handcrafted doors and a heart-stopping stained glass skylight — had been owned by the same family since 1958. Kevin found its buyers in a heartbeat, but there was a hitch. They first had to sell their current G&G showpiece, the stunning 1906 Bentz House in historic Prospect Park. Kevin (himself a Craftsman homeowner for 22 years) was able to secure a buyer for the Bentz House promptly after hitting the market.
The third Greene & Greene? Well, it would have been impressive enough all by itself. After all, how often do you get to represent a Craftsman landmark built for the widow of a US President? The seller of the Garfield House, a Grammy Award winning music producer and performer, had loved it so much he’d built a full music studio and media center in the basement so he could stay home more. Now it has a new owner-conservator.
Part of what makes us so effective in representing homes like these is that we understand completely. “The appeal is that you literally get to be the temporary steward of a piece of art you can actually live in,” says Kevin. “You can improve it and then pass it on to someone else.”