In Place: Madison Heights, Pasadena
Madison Heights is one of the oldest and loveliest areas in Pasadena. It’s also among the most popular film locations in the country, thanks to its all-American charm. Although the oldest home in Madison Heights dates to 1890, much of the neighborhood was developed between 1910 and 1925. When this classic Colonial was built, the nearby Huntington Hotel was just seven years old. Ted Clark and Heather Lillard of John Aaroe Group have listed the home for $2,150,000. The original 63-lot Madison Heights subdivision began selling in July of 1906. Built over orange groves and farmland, it had a well-thought-out street and tree plan that ensured its lasting beauty and set the standard for many later local developments. Lots were priced from $1,500, and homes built on them had to cost at least $3,000. A number of the homes were designed by famous architects, including Greene and Greene, Louis Easton, Frederick Roehrig, Wallace Neff and Sylvanus Marston. Many early residents later subdivided their lots to build homes for their children; it's still common for generations of a family to own homes in the neighborhood. The Center Hall Colonial at 1030 South Oakland Avenue is a classic example of Madison Heights appeal, preserved and enhanced through the decades since it was built in 1921. French doors in the family and breakfast rooms frame the tree-shaded yard and patio. Detailed moldings, wainscoting and gleaming hardwood and tile floors showcase the timeless elegance. In the master suite, one of four bedrooms on the second level, a pitched ceiling and cozy fireplace create a truly romantic ambience. These days, people love Madison Heights for its timeless beauty and central location in Pasadena — between Cal Tech and The Shops at Lake Avenue, near the Huntington Museum and Gardens, minutes from Old Pasadena. At Halloween, the neighborhood shuts down Madison Avenue for trick or treating. One resident reports that he’s handed out over 1,200 pieces of candy. For more information, visit 1030 South Oakland Ave, Pasadena
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