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Are you ready to buy a house? You have come to the right place.  Below, you will find links to articles that we hope will be useful to you.  Just click on the corresponding link and you will be taken directly to the article. Feel free to browse through these home buying articles. The most important thing for you to know is that you need to be represented and being a home buyer in Pasadena or surrounding neighborhoods is great – why?  Because you get real estate agent representation for free! That should put a smile on your face 🙂

When you are ready to begin your home search and would like to schedule a personalized home buying consultation, give us a call at (626) 629-8439.  We look forward to being of assistance to you.

How do you calculate your home buying affordability? Here’s great advice from our lender of choice – Calculating Your Home Affordability.

Tips for getting more home for your money – stretch that $. Read 5 tips for getting more home for your $.

Every industry, real estate included, has its own “rules of the game”. It is important to understand the proper etiquette when you are shopping for a home in Pasadena.

An absolutely “must read” when buying a home – 9 Stupid Things Buyers do to Mess Up their Home Purchase.

UNDERSTANDING THE HOME BUYING PROCESS

Okay, so you have an accepted offer, your down payment is lined up… what will you be paying in closing costs? Read what kind of home closing costs should I expect during escrow?

Did you know that there are two types of closing costs when purchasing a home: Understand the difference between recurring and non-recurring closing costs.

What are home purchase contingencies? And, can the escrow be cancelled by a seller? Yes… read how at Pasadena home sale escrow can be cancelled by a seller.

When you buy a home in Pasadena, it’s usual and customary to put a 3% earnest money deposit. Make sure that you understand how to protect that hard earned money by reading the fastest way to lose your earnest money deposit.

Now that you found your home, what kind of inspections should you be ordering? A physical home inspection and sewer line inspection at a minimum!

One of the things that home buyers need to decide on while they are in escrow is how to hold title. Take a look at Property Title Insurance – What is it for and what are your options?

Here are some of the recent homes for sale around Pasadena California:

Learning about homes for sale educates you on the state of the current real estate market.

  • Wed, 19 Jun 2024 14:41:00 +0000: $14,880,000 :: 795 Oak Knoll Circle, Pasadena CA, 91106 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    10 beds, 11 baths
    Home size: 13,664 sq ft
    Lot Size: 45,834 sq ft
    Added: 06/19/24, Last Updated: 06/19/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR24122243
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Status: Active


    Nestled within the prestigious Oak Knoll neighborhood near the Langham Hotel, this illustrious "Italian Craftsman" estate, designed by the renowned architect Joseph Blick in 1907. The main residence underwent a comprehensive three-year redesign and restoration, completed in 2017 with no expense spared; perfect blend of traditional architecture and craftsmanship with state-of-the-art systems and amenities--it features three stories, nine bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and five fireplaces. Walking up the brick pathway, greeted by manicured hedges and a timeless patina-covered fountain, you are delivered to an expansive front porch, adorned with lush greenery and classic columns. Once inside, the artisanal wood-paneled walls and Italian marble foyer lead to redefined luxury: a formal living room with 11-foot ceilings, restored French doors, a Rococo stone fireplace, and views of the mature rose garden. Continuing to the gourmet kitchen, you'll find imported Italian Portoro marble countertops, an oversized island, and professional appliances, all open to an impressive grand room featuring a wet bar, fireplace, and modern 1200+ bottle wine cellar. The wok kitchen and spacious, lavish dining room have been designed for gatherings and banquets. The first-floor bedroom ensuite, with a cozy fireplace and bay windows surrounded by vibrant garden greenery, offers a serene retreat. Ascending to the second floor, you find six ensuite bedrooms and a relaxing sitting area. The magnificent primary suite offers a private office, sitting room, terrace and Juliet balconies overlooking the lush backyard, sparkling pool, and panoramic mountain vistas, a spa-inspired bath adorned with Calacatta Italian marble, Sherle Wagner bath fixtures, and an infrared sauna, as well as two expansive walk-in closets. The third floor provides a spacious living room with skylights, a kitchenette, two bonus rooms, storage area, and a full bath, making it a paradise for those young-at-heart. Outdoors, a charming two-bedroom, two-bath guest house features a large sports/media room with an indoor golf simulator, a pool room, and a lounge with bar. Complemented by a sports court, a pool with a Jacuzzi, an outdoor kitchen gazebo, a porte-cochere, and two garages accommodating six vehicles, this exceptional estate is perfect for both grand entertaining and tranquil retreats, sure to surpass all expectations. More photos are coming.

    Listed with Keller Williams 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/free-home-search/!


  • Wed, 19 Jun 2024 13:35:00 +0000: $2,995,000 :: 3659 San Pasqual Street, Pasadena CA, 91107 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    6 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,597 sq ft
    Lot Size: 13,247 sq ft
    Added: 06/19/24, Last Updated: 06/19/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR24125277
    Community: Pasadena (SE)
    Status: Active


    Step into timeless elegance and modern luxury with this captivating residence located in desirable Chapman Woods. Offering 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, this home boasts an impressive size, taped at 4,597 square feet of living space on a lot of approximately 13,247 square feet. Built in 1937, it seamlessly blends classic charm, such as wood floors, with contemporary updates throughout the home, ensuring a perfect balance of style and functionality for today's needs.The impressive curb appeal commands attention. The beautifully manicured landscaping and a charming exterior set the tone for what lies within. Four fireplaces beckon, creating many welcoming gathering spots throughout the home.The heart of your new home is the remodeled kitchen, a chef's delight, featuring Calacatta Marble countertops, a 6-burner Viking cooktop, two Viking ovens, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, stainless steel appliances, and a bright breakfast nook. Host memorable dinner parties in the formal dining room accompanied with wine served from your climate-controlled 300-bottle wine cellar.Entertainment options abound in your new home. The theater and game room provide the perfect setting for movies, music, and gaming! Continue the fun in the backyard which features a pool and spa, as well as another entertainment area with a SunBrite weather-proof big screen TV, fully plumbed outdoor kitchen with a beautiful granite bar, built-in Lynx BBQ, pizza oven, refrigerator, and sink. It is the perfect place for an outdoor dinner party.Convenience is key with a 2-car attached garage with a Tesla EV charger. Make use of the CA basement for extra storage or customization.Discover the pinnacle of luxury living in this meticulously cared for home, where every detail has been thoughtfully considered to elevate your lifestyle. Welcome home to unparalleled comfort, elegance, and sophistication. Your new home awaits on San Pasqual.

    Listed with Susan Stone CalDRE: 01438231 | 626-445-5500, Coldwell Banker 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/free-home-search/!


  • Wed, 19 Jun 2024 13:17:00 +0000: $1,980,000 :: 1094 Linda Vista Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91103 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,516 sq ft
    Lot Size: 20,056 sq ft
    Added: 06/19/24, Last Updated: 06/19/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-18081
    Community: Pasadena (NW)
    Status: Active


    Exceptional privacy and exciting possibilities are on offer in gorgeous Upper Linda Vista! Don't miss this rare opportunity to create your dream home in one of Pasadena's most coveted locales. Completely hidden from the street, 1094 Linda Vista Ave rests on an expansive flag lot nearly 1/2 an acre in size. A long driveway leads to the peaceful residence, shaded by a mature oak tree. Natural beauty surrounds you on the vibrant grounds, which include a large pool, grassy lawns, and abundant blooming greenery. Inside, you'll find an ideal canvas to bring your vision of ''the perfect home'' to life. With great bones and a functional layout, it's easy to picture the joyful moments that await the home's next owner. A cozy family room to the right includes an inviting fireplace and vibrant natural light. Straight ahead, the open-plan living room seamlessly connects to the kitchen and dining room. French doors open to the generous backyard with its pool and spa, perfect for hosting memorable summer barbecues and pool parties. Create your hidden sanctuary here, with ample space for a playset, putting green, and a vegetable garden! Back inside, the sleeping quarters are peacefully tucked away on the opposite side of the home, ensuring privacy from the main living areas. The garage has been converted into a versatile studio. Whether you're dreaming of sleek modern updates or classic, timeless elegance, this home offers endless possibilities in a highly desirable pocket of Pasadena!

    Listed with Evangelyn Lin CalDRE: 01817694 | (626) 807-6581, eXp Realty of California, 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/free-home-search/!


  • Wed, 19 Jun 2024 12:56:00 +0000: $1,388,000 :: 1095 N Mar Vista Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,653 sq ft
    Lot Size: 8,987 sq ft
    Added: 06/19/24, Last Updated: 06/19/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: CV24125450
    Community: Pasadena (NW)
    Status: Active


    Nestled in the heart of the highly sought after Bungalow Heaven district in Pasadena, this exquisite Craftsman home, built in 1914 offers 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with 1,653 square feet of living space, situated on an expansive 8,987 square foot lot. The home's layout is thoughtfully designed, featuring spacious and inviting living areas that blend old-world charm with upgraded amenities such as solar panels, a gourmet kitchen, butcher block counters, spacious bathrooms and warm hardwood floor throughout. Each room boasts large windows that flood the space with natural light, highlighting the rich, warm tones of the original woodwork. The outdoor area is a private oasis ideal for entertaining and relaxation. The expansive backyard offers ample space for gatherings, or quiet evenings enjoying al fresco dining. Walking past the patio and deck you’ll step into a creative space, originally a 2 car garage. Currently being used as a home office and art studio. This home is not just a residence but a piece of Pasadena’s history, offering a unique blend of historical richness with modern functionality, ideal for anyone looking to cherish and continue its legacy. Located in a wonderful community close to MacDonald Park, Lavender and Honey, Millie's Cafe, Seed Bakery and Roma Market, amongst many other amenities. Don't miss this special home.

    Listed with Joel Camacho CalDRE: 01972564 | 909-590-8853, RE/MAX TOP PRODUCERS


    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/free-home-search/!


  • Wed, 19 Jun 2024 12:35:00 +0000: $4,000,000 :: 1026 Rancho Road, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    8 beds, 10 baths
    Home size: 10,038 sq ft
    Lot Size: 38,028 sq ft
    Added: 11/06/23, Last Updated: 06/19/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: TR23206013
    Community: Arcadia
    The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/19/2024 by 11%
    Status: Active


    Privacy, luxury & leisure time are paramount on this stunning gated estate nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac in North Arcadia. The property includes a 6-bedroom MAIN HOUSE, a 2-bed/2-bath GUEST HOUSE (with an attached garage; 858 sqft), a POOL HOUSE (695 sqft) and FITNESS CENTER (616 sqft). No detail was overlooked in the beautiful traditional-style main house (7,869 sqft). It wows with a stunning double staircase, soaring ceilings, marble floors, multiple fireplaces, custom built-ins in every room and oversized windows that let in lots of natural light. The home also boasts large balconies off both the living areas and bedrooms.The guest house has an open floorplan with custom closets and all the same high-end finishes found throughout the main house. The huge lot also includes a pool & spa with lots of room to entertain around the deck, plus a tennis court and a golf cage. This could be a great multi-generational compound, as each family would have their own private space. This fantastic North Arcadia location puts you just minutes from the 210 Fwy with easy access to hiking, shopping, dining and Pasadena.

    Listed with Eric Chao CalDRE: 01964792 | 626.786.5955, Keller Williams Signature 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/free-home-search/!


  • Wed, 19 Jun 2024 12:03:00 +0000: $2,899,000 :: 83 Patrician Way, Pasadena CA, 91105 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,044 sq ft
    Lot Size: 102,441 sq ft
    Added: 11/28/23, Last Updated: 06/19/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-15823
    Community: Pasadena (SW)
    Tract: Not Applicable
    Status: Active


    The Keochakian Residence, 1969. Allyn E. Morris, F.A.I.A. Private and gated. On a clear day, you can see forever. You really must come and see this home in person to truly appreciate it. High atop Patrician Way sits Allyn Morris' triumphant distinctive residence. The current owners have lived here for over 30 years and have painstakingly taken care of this one-of-a-kind residence. Sited on over 2 acres and overlooking Annandale Country Club, 83 Patrician Way affords jetliner views in most every direction. South-facing floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and wraparound balcony. Soaring ceilings in living room. Sunken fireplace. Media room with private balcony. Chef's kitchen with center island. Dumbwaiter from kitchen to carport. Enormous primary suite with abundant walk-in closet and storage. Separate water closet. Salt water pool. 2 zone central heat and air. Parcels to the north have been terraced and await your very own casita/office/prefab/outbuildings. Now is your chance to live in a work of art. Mills Act eligible.

    Listed with Lee Cuellar CalDRE: 01781414 | (310) 980-1545, Keller Williams Realty - Los Feliz


    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/free-home-search/!


  • Wed, 19 Jun 2024 11:39:00 +0000: $1,638,000 :: 2649 Foss Avenue, Arcadia CA, 91006 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
    3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,134 sq ft
    Lot Size: 9,627 sq ft
    Added: 06/19/24, Last Updated: 06/19/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: AR24125430
    Community: Arcadia
    Status: Active


    Located on very quiet street home on a large flat lot with Award-Winning "ARCADIA SCHOOLS", updated with an Open floor plan, The double doors, 3 Bedrooms 2.5 Bathrooms ,Formal Living room, dining room, New paint, New recessed lighting, New Master bathroom, New tile enter floor, upgraded recently Kitchen wood cabinets, countertops and a walk-in pantry, The family room has a fireplace with beautiful open space creating opportunities for fun. This lot is large enough for building an "ADU" in the back of the home, attached two car garage, patio space stunning backyard with beautifully landscaped and mature trees, flowers and storage room, Minutes away from the Shops of Santa Anita mall, LA Arboretum, Parks, Schools and transportation.

    Listed with Chung Ping Wang CalDRE: 01146991 | 626-445-0123, Century 21 Ludecke 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/free-home-search/!


  • Wed, 19 Jun 2024 11:38:00 +0000: $1,699,880 :: 2835 Huntington Drive, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,480 sq ft
    Lot Size: 6,391 sq ft
    Added: 06/19/24, Last Updated: 06/19/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS24125414
    Community: San Marino
    Status: Active


    Located in the prestigious San Marino Privilege neighborhood, this beautiful home seamlessly blends comfort, and convenience. Ideal for families and professionals, it offers access to top-rated schools and is close to essential amenities such as superstores, grocery store and numerous banks. The spacious interior features a naturally lit living room with a cozy fireplace, a connected family room, and a kitchen equipped with high-end appliances. The home also includes a convenient in-house laundry room and very spacious bedrooms and bathrooms. The exterior boast the front and back yards perfect for entertaining and 10+ feet tall evergreen Plants are creating the privacy screen or shade. The back yard with a high-raised patio ideal for outdoor dining and relaxation. This home combines suburban tranquility with urban convenience, making it the perfect choice for a comfortable and luxurious lifestyle.

    Listed with MAX HOO CalDRE: 01903286 | 626-888-9808, Pinnacle Real Estate Group


    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/free-home-search/!


  • Wed, 19 Jun 2024 10:22:00 +0000: $2,680,000 :: 2751 Doresta Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,794 sq ft
    Lot Size: 7,205 sq ft
    Added: 06/19/24, Last Updated: 06/19/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: P1-18106
    Community: San Marino
    Status: Active


    Nestled on a serene, tree-lined street in the coveted Mission District of San Marino, this exquisite Spanish-style home offers the perfect blend of timeless elegance and modern comfort. Boasting 4 spacious bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, this 2,794 square foot residence is a masterpiece of architectural charm and thoughtful design. There are three upstairs bedrooms and the downstairs bedroom has its own private bathroom and French doors which lead to the rear patio. From the moment you arrive, you'll be captivated by the home's classic Spanish-inspired design, featuring a beautifully landscaped front courtyard that sets the tone for the elegance within. There is a lovely entry featuring a beautiful staircase and Spanish tile risers. The inviting living room, bathed in natural light from large windows and French doors leading to the front courtyard offers the ideal space for both relaxation and entertaining. Hardwood floors, arched passages, stained glass windows, and exposed wooden beams and a cozy fireplace add character and warmth to every corner. The chef's kitchen is a culinary delight, complete with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, with plenty of counter space for casual dining and meal prep, and an adjoining breakfast area with French doors to the rear yard. There is also an adjacent laundry room with plenty of additional storage and its own backdoor to the driveway and detached 2-car garage. Each of the four bedrooms is a private oasis, offering ample space, abundant natural light, and serene views of the surrounding greenery. The primary suite is a true retreat, featuring an ensuite bathroom, a spacious walk-in closet, French doors, and large private balcony. The home's three bathrooms are beautifully appointed with classic fixtures and finishes, ensuring comfort and style for you and your guests. Step outside through the rear french doors to the expansive patio, perfect for al fresco dining, lounging, or entertaining. The lush, landscaped yard provides a peaceful backdrop for outdoor gatherings and everyday relaxation. The front courtyard, which features an abundant lemon tree, offers a delightful space to enjoy your morning coffee or unwind in the evening, surrounded by the tranquil ambiance of this quiet neighborhood. The 257 square foot basement provides additional space for storage or a wine cellar - the possibilities are endless.

    Listed with Sarah Rogers CalDRE: 01201812 | (626) 390-0511, The Agency


    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/free-home-search/!


  • Wed, 19 Jun 2024 05:46:00 +0000: $3,888,000 :: 1635 Virginia Road, San Marino CA, 91108 - Luxury Homes around Pasadena
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    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,426 sq ft
    Lot Size: 28,615 sq ft
    Added: 06/19/24, Last Updated: 06/19/24
    Property Type: Single Family
    MLS Number: WS24124191
    Community: San Marino
    Status: Active


    Welcome to this stunning mid century modern residence nestled in the prestigious City of San Marino. This exquisite single-story home spans 3426 sqft set on an expensive 0.66-acre (28607 sqft) lot, offering a blend of timeless elegance and contemporary comfort. Total of 4 bedroom plus an office. The inviting foyer takes you to the high ceiling living room and the formal dinning room. Connecting to the spacious sun room with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing ample natural light. The huge rectangular backyard offers countless possibilities and entertainments as well. Featuring a koi fish pond, a large lawn area and a beautiful garden. There are many other special features like a classic breakfast nook over looking the beautiful garden, walk-in closet, laundry room, private back office, extra parking space in front of the garage, high ceiling throughout the home, and a California basement. This home offers access to the finest schools in the area all within walking distance. Including Valentine Elementary School which is right across, Huntington Middle School and San Marino High School. All part of the highly-rated San Marino Unified School district. This property is in the prime location providing easy access to schools, local amenities, shopping and dining options. Close to the famous San Marino landmark Lacy Park and the Huntington Library. Whether you are looking to raise a family in the top-tier school district or seeking a serene retreat with easy access to city life, this home offers the perfect blend of luxury and comfort. Experience the best of San Marino living in this exquisite residence.

    Listed with PEARL CHEUNG CalDRE: 01895707 | 626-679-4411, Pinnacle Real Estate Group


    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/free-home-search/!


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