I am so excited to present a Pasadena architectural treasure for sale (only the 4th time in over 12 decades!). Once known as Los Robles Park, the 5,324 square foot Shingle Style estate at 1504 S Marengo was designed for the “dean of California investment brokers,” John Earle Jardine, and his wife, a member of California’s pioneer Peck family, by Jardine’s father, a prominent East Coast architect. Reminiscent of a sophisticated Long Island retreat, the picturesque setting has been featured in nearly 100 TV commercials.
Both Jardine and his wife, Mary, were major figures in early Southern California. A New Yorker, Jardine first visited the West Coast in 1892 and returned just a few months later to stay and begin work on his family home. A prominent businessman and successful citrus farmer, Jardine headed William R. Staats & Co., one of Southern California’s leading investment bankers, for 36 years. He was president of the Los Angeles Stock Exchange and served on the boards of the Investment Bankers Association, Pacific Mutual, Goodyear, Consolidated Steel and Union Oil, among many others. His wife, from a historically prominent California family, was a member of the Valley Hunt Club group that founded the Tournament of Roses. She would later become the last surviving member of the club. 1504 S Marengo was in the Jardine family for nearly 65 years. It then remained with its second owner, a radio news editor for KFI and KNX, for another 40 years.
Today, its original architecture preserved and enhanced by thoughtfully designed improvements, 1504 S Marengo endures as one of Pasadena’s historic gems. Outside, the six-bedroom, seven bath residence features a variety of rooflines, gables and dormers. Inside, highlights include gracefully proportioned formal rooms opening to the rear patio and garden, a fluid connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, and elegant details like oak flooring and built-ins throughout. An array of windows, from multi-paned casements and leaded glass to high clerestory sets, fill the rooms with light. The kitchen, breakfast area and butler’s pantry were remodeled by local architect Susan Masterman, who also designed the home’s landscape. A three-landing staircase leads to the second floor, with four bedrooms and three baths including a luxury master suite. A private third-story retreat with two bedrooms and a full bath completes the residence.
If you would like to tour this beauty, please call me at 626-840-9149 or visit the property website at 1504smarengo.com.
Carrie Benuska, Keller Williams Realty, 125 S Lake Ave, Suite 150, Pasadena, CA 91101