Built in 1907, the Frederick C. Grable House is a classic craftsman that has been extensively updated for modern living and convenience. This historic home was a passion project for the current owner who completed the renovations with painstaking attention to detail and in the highest quality. The result can be seen in the details of each room: Beautiful period hardware on windows and doors which work like new; Millwork that has been replicated throughout the home that is true to the period but fresh and current; Ceilings that have been vaulted for additional light and height but blend seamlessly within this historic aesthetic.
And while the design updates are incredible there have also been major internal updates that bring this period home into a cleaner and greener era. The entire home is filtered on a Lifesource water filter; Solar panels generate enough electricity to run the entire property (no electric bill!); New 18” fiberglass insulation has been added for ultra efficiency; And a saline pool with new gas heater and equipment assure that this turn of the century home lives like a newly built home.
The main level of the home features two beautiful bedrooms along with the charming kitchen and fully remodeled dining room and living room plus a den. The lower level has a wonderful family room with a fireplace, an overhead projection tv/movie screen plus a mini kitchen and large laundry. A beautifully remodeled full bath and two additional bedrooms with french doors to the back yard complete the lower level. The professionally landscaped grounds feature a beautiful pool, lawn and patio in this private and secluded setting.
History of 520 West California
The home was built in 1907 by Frederick C. Grable & Clarence Austin of the architectural firm Grable & Austin who built many fine homes in Pasadena during the craftsman era. In 2010 the home was selected by the Pasadena Heritage Society as one of five architecturally significant homes featured for the 2010 craftsman home tour.