500 N Michillinda Avenue Sierra Madre, CA 91024
Sold Price $3,715,000
List Price $3,750,000
7 beds
5.5 baths
5,810 sq ft

Courtesy of Deasy Penner Podley, Katherine Orth. IDX Contact: 626-355-2384

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Katie Orth

Katie Orth

Seller’s Agent

DRE# 00942500

Jan Greteman

Jan Greteman

Seller’s Co-Agent

DRE# 01943630

Property Description

Expand your space while keeping your privacy intact. At the end of a tree-lined drive, behind a security gate is a stunning early California Hacienda-style estate once owned by Herbert Hoover, Jr., son of the 31st President of the United States. President and Mrs. Hoover visited often and the home was known as The Winter White House. It was originally built in 1928 by local businessman, Frank Picard, and the estate included almost 6 acres of land. In 1932, when the Hoovers moved in, they added a children’s wing. Word has it that the playroom, which is accessed by a slide, was designed by family friend, A. A. Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh. The current owner has lovingly maintained the property, making necessary improvements and upgrades while respecting the architectural integrity of the building and its grounds. The main residence will impress with its expansive rooms, soaring open-beamed ceilings, updated kitchen with original ice box, four fireplaces, wood paneled library, huge formal dining room, and so much more. In addition, there is a full guest house with living room, kitchen, bedroom, bath, office, laundry room and screened-in porch. Spectacular grounds with meandering brick pathways, pool, spa, pool house, and several outdoor dining/sitting areas. This stately property and its colorful link with history reflects the graceful architecture of an earlier era. A hidden gem that is truly one of Sierra Madre’s finest treasures!

Property Details & Features

Property Type

  • Single Family Residence

Year Built

  • 1928


  • Pasadena Unified

Appliances and Equipment

  • Double Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Gas Cooktop
  • Disposal
  • Refrigerator


  • Unfinished


  • 1 half bathroom
  • 5 full bathrooms
  • 6 total bathrooms
  • 6 bathrooms on main level


  • 7 total bedrooms
  • 7 bedrooms on main level


  • Built in 1928
  • Stories: 1
  • 5,810 sqft living area
  • Mediterranean
  • No Common Walls
  • One
  • Brick
  • Covered
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Screened
  • House


  • Dog Park
  • Foothills
  • Hiking


  • Central Air


  • Dining Room
  • Family Room
  • Library
  • Living Room
  • Outside


  • Vinyl
  • Wood


  • Attached garage
  • 2 garage spaces


  • Forced Air

Interior Features

  • Beamed Ceilings
  • Built-in Features
  • High Ceilings
  • All Bedrooms Down
  • Bedroom on Main Level
  • Dressing Area
  • Jack and Jill Bath
  • Main Level Master
  • Walk-In Closet(s)


  • Laundry Room


  • Property Subtype: Single Family Residence
  • 8 days on market
  • Listed on 2021-08-14


  • County: Los Angeles


  • 50113 sqft
  • 1.15 acres
  • Area: 50113
  • Lot Over 40000 Sqft


  • 2 total parking spaces
  • Asphalt
  • Driveway
  • Garage
  • Gravel
  • Off Street
  • Private
  • RV Potential


  • Private pool
  • In Ground
  • Private


  • Negotiable


  • 2 units
  • Guest House
  • Shed(s)
  • Cabana


  • Elementary School: Silver Oak
  • Middle School: Sierra Madre
  • High School District: Pasadena Unified

Security System

  • Security System
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector(s)
  • Security Gate
  • Key Card Entry
  • Smoke Detector(s)


  • Public Sewer


  • In Ground
  • Private

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