Set at the corner of one of the most picturesque streets in one of Pasadena’s loveliest neighborhoods, the “de Balaine House” has been an elegant presence in Madison Heights for nearly a century. Over the years, this 1914 residence has been steadily preserved and enhanced by a series of dedicated owners. Today, this grand and gracious home, moments from South Lake Avenue shopping and dining, effortlessly combines timeless beauty with today’s amenities. The Italian Period Revival residence was built by the Foss Designing and Building Company, for decades the builder of some of the finest homes in the Pasadena area. This home was commissioned by Mary A.T. de Balaine of Paris and New York, who was relocating to California. The 4,300 square foot, one-story home has been tastefully evolving all its life. Highlights on the timeline include 1927, when the living room ceiling was dramatically raised and lined with nine light-streaming upper level windows, and 1932, when an interior balcony was added. This gallery was said to be used for vocal performances and gala musical groups. Other upgrades over the years have included significant kitchen expansion, the creation of a pool and spa, the addition of a large enclosed patio, seismic retrofitting, solar panels and more. The dramatic two-story living room is complemented by a formal entry, a dining room, and a library lit by rows of windows. In the family room, a period tile fireplace is flanked by pairs of glass-paned doors opening to the patio. Gleaming original hardwood floors enrich the ambience. An expansive gourmet kitchen with marble-topped counters and island is appointed with high end appliances including Wolf convection dual wall ovens and Sub-Zero refrigerator. The kitchen opens to a spacious breakfast room with french doors leading to a wonderful covered patio and pool area. A large master suite which opens to an additional outside patio and grass side yard plus three additional large ‘en suite’ bedrooms complete the spacious home. Surrounded by privacy landscaping and shaded by mature trees, the grounds, pool and spa combine with the patios to create a wonderful setting for outdoor entertaining. This beautiful historic property in the heart of Madison Heights is not to be missed!
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