Home of the Week: Historic Mansion

Although La Cañada Flintridge is just a 20-minute drive from Downtown L.A., you’ll feel worlds away in this prominent Southern California city. Nestled amongst the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, this charming community provides a semi-rural lifestyle featuring an array of picturesque allures including the Descanso Gardens, expansive hiking and equestrian trails, and exceptional historic sites.

Hidden behind towering trees in the upper Alta Canyada neighborhood of La Cañada Flintridge, resides the majestic Villa Elena. Designed in 1929 by architect Welby H. Hudson for a J.C. Penney executive, this incredible 1.65-acre (approx.) Spanish Mediterranean estate was recently renovated, providing every modern amenity and luxury imaginable. The perfect blend of old and new, the distinguished 5-bedroom 10-bathroom residence was once home to Victor Emmanuel Wenzel von Metternich, an Austrian aristocrat and art collector, accounting for many of the antique details.JZ1A0730abeam 1Massive decorative iron doors open to reveal a grand foyer with original open beam ceiling with hand painted Moorish designs, circular staircase, original chandelier and stained-glass window with the von Metternich family crest. JZ1A0761 copyImpeccably transformed to highlight the home’s historic details, the exquisite living room houses the original Wurlitzer organ pipes and features a magnificent fireplace, floor to ceiling picture window with expansive views of the grounds, and grand French doors leading to the patio.JZ1A1061JZ1A0972The kitchen has been completely remodeled, paying tribute to the original architecture by including a rod iron lantern lighting fixture and lattice patterned backsplash. The octagon shaped casual dining area still boasts a hand painted domed ceiling.

The master suite has hardwood floors, wood paneled ceiling, precast fireplace, veranda that faces the tennis court, and sliding pocket doors that lead to a Juliette balcony overlooking the rear yard.  The sumptuous master bath features furniture style sinks, two-headed steam shower, Jacuzzi™ tub with custom mosaic tile design, an original dressing room with built-in cabinetry, hand-painted French motif vanity, and a multi-color skylight. JZ1A0639JZ1A0672JZ1A0678 copyThe lower level features a refurbished Rathskeller and an opulent home theatre reminiscent of the 1920s.  The grounds also include a gym, lighted tennis court, pool/spa, expansive yard with play area, and lush gardens with mature fruit trees.JZ1A1277FairmountTwilight-Higher-102 1600 Fairmount Avenue is offered at $6,595,000 USD by Janice McGlashan of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, La Canada Flintridge.