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San Marino



San Marino:  An Affluent Suburb of Southern California

Nestled in the sprawling San Rafael hills between Pasadena and San Gabriel, the Californian city of San Marino is characterized by lavish properties surrounded by exquisite gardens. Occupying less than four square miles, the area is uniquely residential.  Population was reported to be 13,147 in 2010 and climate is temperate with temperatures ranging from an average of 40 degrees during winter months to an average of 90 degrees in the summer.

Ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 63rd most expensive location to live in the United States in 2010, the average price of a typical family home in the area is around the $2 million mark.


History and Current Demographics

The original location of a village occupied by native Tongva Indians, the area of San Marino later played an important role in the early San Gabriel Roman Catholic Mission. The area that is now occupied by the landmark Huntington Library together with several ranchos were incorporated as the city of San Marino in 1913.

The 2010 United States Census showed that the population of San Marino was a little over 13,000 people. The racial makeup of the area was detailed as 53.5% Asian and 41.3% White, with very small percentages of Hispanic and Latino, Pacific Islander and African-American races making up the rest of the population. Of 4,330 households, approximately 42% had children under the age of 18. The average age of residents is 45 years and there is a slightly higher female to male ratio.


Main Attractions in San Marino

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens on Oxford Road is one of the most popular attractions in San Marino. Known collectively as ‘The Huntington, ‘ this 207 acre landmark complex draws residents and tourists alike. The 18th century art collection housed here is said to be one of the most complete collections outside of London.

The Edwin Hubble House on Woodstock Road is a National Historic Landmark. It was the home of the American astronomer and “pioneer of distant stars,” Edwin Powell Hubble, between 1925 and 1953. The San Marino residence remained in the Hubble family until 1973.

Lacy Park is a vast 30-acre expanse of lush green space in the middle of San Marino. Originally known as Wilson Lake, it is considered one of the city’s best kept secrets. The park boasts six championship size tennis courts, walking loops, memorial gardens and a 60-year-old Rose Arbor.  Also, when in Lacy Park, don’t overlook The Thurnher House which is located at the front entry of the park.  This historic structure was built in 1929 and now serves as the headquarters for San Marino Historical Society.

The Crowell Public Library is a state-of-the-art building which opened in 2008.  The new library provides books, magazines, DVD’s, electronic database, reference assistance and programs for all ages.

The Old Mill is the oldest commercial building in Southern California.  Built in 1816, it served as a grist mill for Mission San Gabriel.

The Michael White Adobe is a small structure located on the campus of San Marino High School next to the athletic field, built in 1845 .  Named for the owner of the original land where it was built, many say that San Marino’s roots in early California history began here.

 


Additional Information

- San Marino is divided into zones depending on lot size. Lots start at 4,500 square feet and reach over 30,000 square feet. The city’s strict views on historic preservation restrict larger developments.

- The San Marino government applies restrictions to commercial operations within the city. Commercial vehicles must be granted permits to enter and work within the city.

- The city is regularly featured in motion pictures and television shows. Famous examples include Father of the Bride, Mr & Mrs Smith, Starsky & Hutch and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

- According to the Academic Performance Index for 2011, the San Marino Unified School District is California’s best performing school district.  The San Marino School District includes Carver and Valentine Elementary Schools, Huntington Middle School and San Marino High School.

- Private schools in San Marino include Southwestern Academy, a college preparatory school, and Saints Felicitas and Perpetua Grammar School, a Catholic elementary school serving students from kindergarten through 8th grade.

- The Crowell Public Library on Huntington Drive opened in 2008 and plays host to a range of activities and classes for residents of all ages and abilities.

See 2010 Home SOLD information for San Marino with List vs Sold Price, Date Sold and Price per Square Foot.

This community consists only of single family residences and there are no apartment buildings, condominiums or townhouses in the city.

This Pasadena adjacent has beautiful tree-lined streets and estates sitting on large lots, with many averaging over 30,000 sq. ft.  Most of the San Marino homes were built between 1920 and 1950.

San Marino is regarded as having one of the best school districts in the Greater Los Angeles Area.  In fact, San Marino School District was ranked as #1 district in California based on its API (Academic Performance Index) in 2008.  All of its public schools are honored as a California Distinguished School and a United States National Blue Ribbon School.

The city includes the estate of Henry E. Huntington, who made a fortune in the development of Southern California and opened the library and art collections in his large neo-Palladian mansion to the public in 1919, best known as the Huntington Library. At the time, San Marino was some twelve miles (19 km) from Los Angeles.

Huntington Drive and Sierra Madre Boulevard serve as the main thoroughfares, leading to Pasadena, Alhambra and San Gabriel.

In the middle of San Marino, not too far from Huntington Library, lies Lacy Park. It is a huge 30-acre park filled with unique and hard to find trees and beautiful lush foliage. Not too many people know that back in 1875 it was a lake – Wilson Lake. The land was bought and converted to a park in 1925.

Families in San Marino have enjoyed Lacy parkfor years, and it remains one of San Marino’s best kept secrets. The park includes six championship tennis courts and pro shop, administered by the San Marino Tennis Foundation. At the west entrance of the park is the Rose Arbor, which is of special significance for the people of San Marino. It is 60 years old and has long been a source of beauty and tranquility to many residents.

The park recently built a memorial to General George S. Patton (a native of San Marino) and also a large memorial to Armed Forces along with a statue of a sad soldier. The memorial includes the names of all military personnel from San Marino that where killed in various wars.


SAN MARINO SCHOOLS

Wikipedia says this about San Marino Schools: There are four public schools.  They are Valentine Elementary School, Carver Elementary School, Huntington Middle School and San Marino High School.  Stoneman Elementary School (named for the Governor who lived in San Marino) is no longer used for instruction by the School District. Southwestern Academy, a private college preparatory school, is also located in San Marino.

There is also a private Roman Catholic grammar school, SS. Felicitas and Perpetua. The city took the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to the Supreme Court to block the opening of this school.

The two elementary schools offer instruction for grades K-5, the middle school for grades 6-8 and the high school for grades 9-12.

In 2005 and 2006, the San Marino Unified School District ranked first among all 328 California unified school districts based on the California Academic Performance Index. San Marino High School is considered one of the best-performing public schools on Standardized Achievement Tests (as of 2004) in Southern California. It was also named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2006. Most of San Marino’s schools’ funds come from private donors and organizations.[citation needed].

In November 2007, U.S. News and World Report put San Marino High School in number 82 on its list of best high schools in the nation, giving SMHS the Gold Medal honor.

Asian-Americans are 70% of San Marino school enrollment as of December 2005. Strong support for education from the Asian community has bolstered the excellence of the school district.

The University of Southern California owns a house in San Marino which is used as the residence of the President of the University. The residence and grounds are large enough to allow events to be held there.

San Marino 2012 API Reports

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*Data gathered from San Marino Unified School District, California Department of Education Analysis, Measurement & Accountability Reporting Division and GreatSchools.org


SAN MARINO HOUSING

On October 6, 2008, Forbes.com rated San Marino as the 47th most expensive zip codes (91108) to live in with the 2007 median home price being $1,552,500.

Even in the economic downturn, home prices have maintained their value and San Marino home sellers are still experiencing a higher demand than the surrounding cities.

San Marino Real Estate Listings by Price. These home listings are updated every few hours and feed directly from the Multiple Listing Service as real estate agents update and upload new homes for sale.

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San Marino Real Estate:

  • Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:15:00 +0000: $2,588,888 :: 1940 Kerns Avenue, San Marino CA, 91108 - San Marino Homes for Sale
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    4 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,828 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,451 sq ft
    Added: 04/30/14, Last Updated: 07/28/14
    Property Type: Single Family, Residential
    MLS Number: AR14088221
    Community: San Marino
    Status: Active


    Brand New contemporary home built for a very special owner with Award winning San Marino School. Excellent curb appeal and professional landscaping with fine details. The layout flows nicely throughout the home with a formal dining room, formal living room, gourmet kitchen that opens up to the family room, a powder room, and 4 master suites. The kitchen is equipped with Thermador appliances and features an oversized island with built-in wine cooler & microwave, and pantry, all with elegant finishes that will even make an executive chef blush. The family room, with dual French doors leading to the backyard, offers a wonderful indoor/outdoor living experience. The entire upstairs is dedicated to the master bed, bath and large walk-in closet overlook the San Gabriel Mountains. 3-Car Garage! One of the rare finds in San Marino! Come see this home before it''s gone! Still under builder warranty! Back on Market due to buyer can''t perform with all cash. (Comparable: 1835 Westhaven Rd, San Marino, listed at 2.9M sold 3.3M over 1k sq.ft, build in 2013) - Price to sell, seller will consider carry back a loan with minimum 40% down.

    Listed with John Man, ManRealty.com


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  • Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:51:00 +0000: $3,250,000 :: 2850 Canterbury Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - San Marino Homes for Sale
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    5 beds, 1 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 3,584 sq ft
    Lot Size: 12,709 sq ft
    Added: 07/12/14, Last Updated: 07/28/14
    Property Type: Single Family, Residential
    MLS Number: 214026667
    Community: San Marino
    Tract: Not Applicable-655 (NA655)
    Status: Active


    TOTAL PERFECTION! Beautifully renovated (2013) 5 bedroom, 3 bath home consists of a formal living room with fireplace, a gourmet kitchen, a dining room, Mahogany wood paneled library with a fireplace and a den. Gourmet kitchen includes Viking Professional appliances, custom cabinets, farm sink, marble counters, Perrin & Rowe fixtures, ceiling speakers, LED recessed lights, and Italian ceramic tile floor. Security system with cameras. It also includes newer electrical, gas line, plumbing including sewer line. The grassy private backyard boasts a newly plastered salt water pool (fenced)and outdoor speakers to complete the outdoor living experience. Award winning San Marino Schools.

    Listed with David Wei, John Aaroe Group Inc


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com!


  • Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:46:00 +0000: $2,588,000 :: 1135 Winston Avenue, San Marino CA, 91108 - San Marino Homes for Sale
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    4 beds, 2 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 3,236 sq ft
    Lot Size: 21,861 sq ft
    Added: 07/25/14, Last Updated: 07/28/14
    Property Type: Single Family, Residential
    MLS Number: 214028495
    Community: San Marino
    Tract: Not Applicable-655 (NA655)
    Status: Active


    Enchanting European Country home sited above the street on a gentle knoll. Baronial living room with arched windows, mahogany hardwood floors, wood paneled coffered ceiling, handsome fireplace and period iron chandeliers. The entire home is constructed around an interior courtyard and was designed so that one accessed the bedrooms from the courtyard. Connecting interior doors have since been added.

    Listed with Mark Ogden, Sotheby''s International Realty


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com!


  • Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:47:00 +0000: $1,298,000 :: 1325 Winston Avenue, San Marino CA, 91108 - San Marino Homes for Sale
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    3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,187 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,703 sq ft
    Added: 07/18/14, Last Updated: 07/27/14
    Property Type: Single Family, Residential
    MLS Number: 214026950
    Community: San Marino
    Tract: Not Applicable-655 (NA655)
    Status: Active


    This charming California Spanish style home with architectural detail abound is centrally located on a tree lined street in San Marino. This home consists of 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with formal living room, formal dining room, light filled family room which opens to a lovely patio in the serene rear garden. This home also boasts 2 fireplaces, a breakfast room, 3 skylights in the family room, tub with jets in the master bath and wood floor.

    Listed with David Wei, John Aaroe Group Inc


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com!


  • Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:36:00 +0000: $2,888,000 :: 1665 Lorain Rd. Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - San Marino Homes for Sale
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    4 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,965 sq ft
    Added: 07/20/14, Last Updated: 07/27/14
    Property Type: Single Family, Residential
    MLS Number: 214027570
    Community: San Marino
    Tract: Not Applicable-655 (NA655)
    Status: Active


    Completely renovated two story home, Great floor plan with a large family room, gorgeous kitchen and breakfast area, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms with additional luxury den and loft, Gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite counter-tops, large center island, featuring new top of the line Viking appliances - 48'''' built-in refrigerator, 48'''' range hood, 6-burner stove top with under-mount oven, and dishwasher, Two master suites with deluxe master baths, double sink vanity, Jacuzzi tub and separate shower, Central A/C, Fire/Security Alarms, Dual Pane Pella Windows, Fully re-finished 2-car garage with epoxy coating cement floor, Buyer may need to cooperate with seller for 1031 exchange at no cost to buyer, Walking Distance to San Marino Elementary and Middle Schools. Open House 7/27 1-5 PM. Offer Due 5pm Tuesday 7/29.

    Listed with Maggie Paul, Maggie Paul Broker


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com!


  • Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:41:00 +0000: $2,480,000 :: 2670 Wallingford Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - San Marino Homes for Sale
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    3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,315 sq ft
    Lot Size: 15,379 sq ft
    Added: 07/10/14, Last Updated: 07/26/14
    Property Type: Single Family, Residential
    MLS Number: WS14146974
    Community: San Marino
    Status: Active


    This traditional home is located on a nice and quiet street in the desirable San Marino. Large lot with great potential.

    Listed with JEFF HSIAO (w/ X F SHIRLEY H. LAM), IRN REALTY


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com!


  • Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:02:00 +0000: $2,188,000 :: 896 Huntington Garden Drive, Pasadena CA, 91108 - San Marino Homes for Sale
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    4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,968 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,182 sq ft
    Added: 04/28/14, Last Updated: 07/26/14
    Property Type: Single Family, Residential
    MLS Number: 214014721
    Community: Pasadena Se
    Tract: Not Applicable-648 (NA648)
    Status: Active


    Constructed in 1987, this charming and spacious home is adjacent to the Langham Hotel cottages and was designed by noted architect Louis Rodwell. With 3,968 square feet of living space, it features a large, light-filled, eat-in kitchen with an abundance of cabinet and counter top space, and a formal dining room and living room with high, cove ceilings and tree top views. The main level also includes the master bedroom, formal entry, powder room, laundry room, and wet bar. French doors lead from the kitchen, dining room and living room to an expansive balcony which overlooks the pool and spa, bringing the outdoors in and making this a very light and bright home. The lower level has three more bedrooms, one en-suite, an additional bathroom, an office, and a generous family room with a second fireplace.

    Listed with Del Lile, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com!


  • Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:08:00 +0000: $1,750,000 :: 1490 Bellwood Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - San Marino Homes for Sale
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    3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,498 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,113 sq ft
    Added: 05/05/14, Last Updated: 07/26/14
    Property Type: Single Family, Residential
    MLS Number: AR14092466
    Community: San Marino
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/23/2014 by 5%
    Status: Active


    Location, Location, Location! Lovely single-story home in San Marino with outstanding schools. This home has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, living room, dining room, and family room. The back yard features a beautiful pool and in-ground spa, in addition to a pool house, which could easily be converted to house in-laws. Rose, fruit and palm trees add to the beauty of this property. New refinishing hardwood floor through out. New paint inside and out (except kitchen and laundry)

    Listed with Ronald Chang, Coldwell Banker Arcadia


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com!


  • Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:05:00 +0000: $2,833,333 :: 1485 Westhaven Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - San Marino Homes for Sale
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    5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 2,947 sq ft
    Lot Size: 16,633 sq ft
    Added: 07/25/14, Last Updated: 07/26/14
    Property Type: Single Family, Residential
    MLS Number: WS14158794
    Community: San Marino
    Status: Active


    This gracious, two level Traditional home is located in one of San Marino most sought after locations.,Quality craftsmanship and captures your attention. The home offers an excellent floor plan (5 bedrooms and 4 baths.), Library , Formal foyer opens to a grand living room and formal dining room , Spacious sun room brings lots entertain . Gleaming hardwood floors and French doors . The great flow for indoor/outdoor ( offer a safe , non slip surface in the yard ). Sparkling pool is waiting for new owner to enjoy !!!

    Listed with X F SHIRLEY H. LAM, IRN REALTY


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com!


  • Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0000: $2,889,000 :: 1130 Winston Avenue, San Marino CA, 91108 - San Marino Homes for Sale
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    4 beds, 2 full, 4 part baths
    Home size: 3,133 sq ft
    Lot Size: 20,452 sq ft
    Added: 06/24/14, Last Updated: 07/26/14
    Property Type: Single Family, Residential
    MLS Number: 214023837
    Community: San Marino
    Tract: Not Applicable-655 (NA655)
    Status: Conditional


    Sited on almost half an acre, this elegant Monterey Colonial style Hacienda epitomizes our Southern California lifestyle. The home features a center brick courtyard that incorporates the home''s floor plan to include wonderful outdoor entertaining. The home has numerous details including high beamed ceilings, peg and groove hardwood floors, hand painted and gold leaf ceiling treatments, and metal casement windows and French doors. There are four bedrooms- all ensuite, including the master with fireplace and walk-in closet. The master bath is wonderfully appointed with dual vanities, marble surfaces and separate shower and tub. There are six baths in total, including the guest bath with custom vanity. The kitchen features an open beamed ceiling, stenciled wood plank floors, mahogany counters, a generously sized island with cook top and oven and an abundance of cabinetry. The rear garden includes a pool with brick coping and a pavilion with fireplace, bath and studio.

    Listed with Darrell Done, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company


    Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com!


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PLACES TO VISIT IN SAN MARINO:

Huntington Library – Famous for its beautiful Botanical Gardens, British and French Art Collection and has one of the largest collections of rare books and manuscripts outside of the Library of Congress.

Lacy Park – Known best for its Rose Garden and the annual 4th of July Parade.  In my opinion, it is one of the prettiest parks in the San Gabriel Valley.

The Old Mill (Molino Viejo) – Oldest standing commercial building Southern California; Used to be the mill for the San Gabriel Mission.

San Marino Public Library – Opened in January of 2008, this library is an absolute pleasure to visit.

INTERESTING TIDBITS ABOUT SAN MARINO:

~~~  Overnight parking is not allowed

~~~  All homes have to have a 2-car garage

~~~  If you are driving around San Marino, be careful!  A lot of streets do not have Stop signs.  Slow down and look both ways!

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January 2013 to September 2013 San Marino Real Estate Analysis

2013 has been just as tough on San Marino for inventory levels as the rest of Greater Pasadena cities.  Number of homes for sale is miserable.  Even though San Marino has seen some increases in volume through the summer, we are still seeing somewhere around 20 available homes for sale each month.

San Marino Inventory January 2013 - September 2013 San Marino Home Sales Prices (January 2013 - September 2013):

  • Lowest Priced Sale:  $900,000
  • Highest Priced Sale: $8,880,000
  • Average Sales Price: $2,295,704
  • Median Sales Price:  $1,895,000

On average, it took 39 days to sell a home in San Marino from the time it was put on the market to the time title transferred to the new home owner.

San Marino Home Sales Price January 2013 to September 2013