This two-story Craftsman bungalow was built by Arts & Crafts architect, John H.
Simpson in 1911. Ideally located within a short distance to the Metro Gold Line,
grocery stores, restaurants, and Old Town Pasadena, this home faces a tree-lined
street with bike paths.
The redwood shingled exterior, recessed porch, wide overhanging eaves, and
extended rafter tails distinguish the Craftsman style of the structure. The original,
oversized oak front door with beveled glass panels has sidelights that frame its
gracious entry. Numerous wood framed and divided lite windows, many with their
original glass, together with a mix of antique and modern lighting provide a light
and open interior. The structure has been well maintained with upgrades including
foundation bolting, copper plumbing, updated electrical service/distribution
systems, HVAC, and a newer roof.
The bungalow is located in the South Marengo Historic Business District and is
recorded on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing property.
This designation is one of several key qualifiers making the structure potentially
eligible for property tax reductions and other incentives under the Mills Act. The
City of Pasadena has added a commercial overlay zone to the Historic residential
area allowing for business use. The property currently has a conditional use permit
for a professional office.
The versatile floor plan includes living room/reception area with distinctive fireplace,
a sun room/office nook, two private offices, and a window lined dining/conference
room with beautifully restored built-in cabinets featuring original leaded glass
doors. There is a large eat-in kitchen perfect for informal meetings and gatherings.
A secure server room and a large half bath are also located on the first floor.
The second floor includes two private offices, each with a private conference
area plus an updated three-quarter bathroom. There are five parking places, one
reserved for handicap use. The property is ADA compliant with a ramp providing
access to the front door that winds around an Asian style garden.
This special property provides a unique workspace opportunity that combines
classic architectural style, sensible modern amenities and an outstanding location.
Also available for lease at $7,500/month on a modified gross lease basis.