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Fabulous Greene and Greene Craftsman near Rose Bowl seeks $4.7M

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Live in a piece of architectural history

Photos by Erik Grammer, courtesy of Peter Martocchio and David Goldberg of Sotheby’s International Realty

Overlooking the Rose Bowl and Arroyo Seco, the Duncan-Irwin house is a unique residence by Greene and Greene, whose majestic Craftsmans dot the Pasadena area.

The main house began as a small, foursquare-style cottage that was moved to the site at 240 North Grand Avenue in 1901 by owner Katherine Duncan, according to Greene and Greene: Masterworks by Bruce Smith.

Over the next five years, brothers Charles and Henry Greene did a number of renovations and expansions of the house, first for Duncan and then for Theodore Irwin, who bought the house from Duncan and funded its growth into the two-story home it is today.

The residence now offers, in total, eight bedrooms and bathrooms spread across the main house, garage, and guest house. The home is flanked by decks, terraces, a pool, and “other features that cannot be replicated”—perhaps referring to the giant pergola draped in ancient-looking wisteria vines or the two-story central courtyard with a water feature.

There have clearly been some sensitive updates to the bathrooms and kitchen, but Greene and Greene-era details—including elaborate woodwork, art glass windows, and massive overhangs—remain intact.

The residence, which has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, is listed at $4.698 million with Peter Martocchio and David Goldberg of Sotheby’s International Realty.

A photo of a large patio with vines growing all over it. Steps lead up to the flat area under the patio.
The large pergola is covered in wisteria vines.
A photo of a wood-floored room with the front door open and a rocking hair in it.
Art glass, like the examples on the front door, and beautiful woodwork are just a couple of the home’s perks.
A dining room with a dinner table and fireplace. There are a few windows and the sunlit room is bright and sunny.
Interiors are open and bright.
A photo of a terrace with a golf course in the background and mountains further in the background.
There are no shortage of outdoor spaces, including large terraces and decks with views of the Arroyo and the mountains beyond.