La Canada Flintridge, California, 91011United States
7 BD10 BASingle Family Home
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About 700 BERKSHIRE Avenue
The Crown Jewel Estate of La Cañada Flintridge and Pasadena Showcase House for 2016, this majestic home is believed to have been designed by noted architect Myron Hunt for Senator Flint. Originally known as the Dryborough Estate, the home was used in the 1976 movie W.C. Fields and Me and was also the Pasadena Showcase house in 1987. Completely renovated and updated and located on one of the most prestigious streets in La Cañada, the Mission Revival Mansion is surrounded by just under 2 acres of park-like grounds, made up of three separate parcels, with a total of 18,190 square feet of living space. The main house has four levels totaling 16,155 square feet complete with an elevator. A majestic foyer, with a sweeping staircase and fireplace, leads to a spectacular, wood-paneled, formal living room, library, and formal dining room. An enormous kitchen with butler's pantry, separate breakfast room, family room, 2 powder rooms, cloakroom, and guest suite complete the main floor.
On the second level there is an expansive master suite with breath-taking views of Flintridge featuring a large sitting area with fireplace, massive closet/dressing room with fireplace, and two separate bathrooms. The upstairs family room with fireplace leads to the west wing of the house with yet another master suite with private bath and sitting room. Two additional bedrooms, a bathroom and an office complete the second floor. Every room in the house has complete privacy.
The upper floor of the mansion is perfect as either an artist studio or game room, with a loft-like feel that is full of light, and the lower level is home to a catering kitchen, laundry room, original speak-easy, gym, maid's quarters and bathroom and has abundant room to create even more. There is direct access to the back yard, barbeque, pool and spa from both the lower and the main level of this magnificent home.
Details abound with elegant long hallways, original wood paneling, 6 magnificent fireplaces, large outdoor front porch and many balconies that enhance the 360-degree views. The home is surrounded by expansive and manicured park-like grounds, complete with a sport court, putting green, rose gardens, fruit and palm trees, a fountain and pond.
The guesthouse is 2035 square feet, on its own parcel of land, and surrounds the estate's four-car garage. It has 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room, living room, office, laundry room and outdoor patio. Its back yard is home to the estate's vegetable garden and ushers you to a third parcel of vacant land complete with a horse corral. Private showings are available upon request.