450 S. Arroyo Blvd

Pasadena, CA
2,562 sqft ±
3F Baths
5 Beds
5 Beds
3F Baths
2,562 sqft ±


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This unique Lower Arroyo Seco Historic District property is located on a 17,049 SF lot on the eastern edge of the Arroyo Seco in a private, tranquil setting.  Set amongst a backdrop of mature trees on this curvilinear street, the home is oriented to take advantage of the sunset views of the Arroyo and this natural setting.  

This property consists of 3 structures: a restored 1909 Arts and Crafts style two story 1,962 SF single-family residence, a private 600 SF guest house with one bedroom, one bathroom, a living room with fireplace and a small kitchen, plus an oversized (550 SF) newer construction garage with fire sprinklers.  Set back off the street, the home has ample privacy. The front yard was thoughtfully re-landscaped by Canterbury Landscaping, attracting butterflies and stopping many a passerby to enjoy the beauty of the garden and the handsome architecture of the house.  

The main home features 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and many character details throughout, including hardwood floors, large cased openings, wainscoting and a Tiffany style stained glass light fixture in the dining room, and a handsome fireplace in the living room.  There are 3 bedrooms upstairs, including a front bedroom with a walk-in closet with a closet storage system and a balcony to enjoy the view of the arroyo, a small bedroom with bookshelves, and a spacious rear bedroom with large windows, new carpet and a high ceiling. 

In 2016, the current owner secured a Mills Act contract which significantly reduces the property taxes for this property.  As part of the process, the owner obtained a copy of all available permits. The owner has also completed nearly all the repairs and improvements listed in the Mills Act contract for this property.  Per the contract, the two remaining projects are 1) Roof (2025 due date), and 2) Replace aluminum screens with wood-framed screens to match the character of the period when the home was built (2025 due date).  $5,429 last year’s property tax bill (refer to tax assessor website).

The current owner performed a number of Property Improvements, including:

  • Foundation Repair
  • Complete replacement of all concrete porch around home, new concrete footings of supporting posts and added front porch off dining room and new back concrete steps (added river rock to match the front).  Additional drains around the front porch to direct rainwater into the garden.  All river rock was removed, cleaned and reinstalled as it was originally - 2019
  • Repainted the exterior of the house 2020
  • Hardware from Architectural Salvage
  • New period-appropriate light fixture outside - Arroyo craftsman style
  • Dual zone HVAC and Nest thermostats
  • Back and front yards were re-landscaped by Canterbury Landscape
  • All new copper supply from the street
  • Installed new fencing
  • Wrought iron gates with remote electric openers
  • Landscape electrical
  • New posts by front door 
  • All new concrete walkway footings
  • Security System; Ring camera
  • Culligan Water Softener and Reverse Osmosis water filtration system located in the basement
  • Bose outdoor speakers

Guest House Improvements:

  • The Guest House was built in 1960 and converted in the 1970’s as it was originally a garage.
  • Re-painted the exterior
  • New flooring in hall, kitchen and bath
  • New carpet in bedroom and living area
  • Bath redone
  • Installed new energy efficient front door
  • Installed new energy efficient French doors and casement windows

Built Oversized Garage in 2014:

  • Oversized newer construction garage is 22’ x 25’ = 550 SF
  • Elfa storage system shelving with workbench and drawers.  
  • Fire sprinkler system
  • Ample electrical outlets conveniently located throughout
  • Attic space with access

This property showcases a variety of trees, providing shade and protection from the heat of the summer, including oak trees, crepe myrtles and mature fruit trees. Come enjoy this serene, verdant setting away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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About The Agent

Sarah Rogers



With an M.B.A. degree from USC in Marketing and Finance and 25+ years of real estate experience, Sarah Rogers has a professional real estate background and education to provide her clients with a competitive advantage. Sarah provides a wide range of professional real estate services, advising clients on the purchase and sale, financing and renovation of real estate. Sarah has represented both sellers and buyers across all price points‚ from first time home and condo buyers to buyers and sellers of estate properties. As the Director of the Trust and Probate division of the company, Sarah represents trustees and executors, from individuals to private fiduciaries and institutional fiduciaries, in their trust sales and probate sales. Sarah also represents many seniors in their transition from one home to another, which may include coordinating an estate sale and identifying which retirement community would be the best fit for the client. With her calm demeanor and organized approach, she makes the thought of moving a much easier, smoother process. With all of her sales, Sarah has a team of contractors and vendors ready to help freshen the property to obtain top dollar, whether it be hardwood floor refinishing, painting, landscaping, repairs, etc. As a Pasadena native and local resident, she has a longstanding familiarity with the local area, schools, and the real estate market. Most of her business is repeat and referral business from past clients. Sarah is dedicated to providing the highest level of professional real estate services to her clients. Recognized by REAL Trends + Tom Ferry as one of 2019 America’s Best Real Estate Professionals. This group represents less than 1.5 percent of all Realtors® in the country yet account for over 12 percent of the closed transactions and more than 22 percent of all the sales volume closed last year. "The Thousand", as advertised in The Wall Street Journal, is an annual, national awards ranking sponsored by REAL Trends—the Trusted Source—and Tom Ferry International coaching. Real Estate Experience Since 1994 * #1 Agent, Old Pasadena - 2018 * #1 Agent, Old Pasadena - 2017 * #1 Agent, Old Pasadena - 2016 * #1 Agent, Old Pasadena – 2015 * Platinum Circle Award - Top 1% Company wide – 2016 * Platinum Circle Award - Top 1% Company wide - 2015 * Silver Circle Award - Top 3% Company wide - 2014 * Gold Circle Award - Top 5% Company wide - 2013 * Awarded the distinction of Director Estates Division - 2013 * Top 8 producer at prior brokerage out of 150+ agents. * Represented some of the highest value estate listings in San Marino. * Wide range of experience, including representing investor buyers and sellers, as well as buyers and sellers of single family homes and condominiums across all price points. * Transaction types have included trust sale, probate sale, and distressed assets such bank owned (REO) and short sale. Knowledgeable about local city zoning, building, and planning requirements. * Previously managed one of the largest and highest income-producing commercial real estate portfolios valued a ($200MM) for the nation's largest U.S. industrial Real Estate Investment Trust, ProLogis Trust NYSE: PLD). Outperformed all ProLogis managers nationwide for unparalleled Client Service per client surveys.