Romantic Monrovia Villa
This stunning 1925 North Monrovia home was designed to replicate an Italian Villa which the first owners had seen on a trip to Italy. Originally built for the publisher of the local newspaper, this home overflows with curb appeal and has been lovingly maintained over the years. The U shape design of the home allows the central courtyard to be experienced from most every room in this 2 story home. Ideal for those who like to entertain, this is a lifestyle home that has been professionally landscaped and has an outdoor setting that showcases a redone saltwater pool and jacuzzi, a built-in barbecue and fireplace under the gazebo, and poolside fountain in addition to the central courtyard fountain framed by mature palm trees. This three bedroom, three bathroom home features two bedrooms and two bathrooms downstairs and the third bedroom upstairs which is ideal for an older child, extended family or an at home office as access comes from an exterior staircase off the central courtyard. Passing under the covered front porch and into the living room through the front door one is struck by the character that exudes in the details including hardwood floors, a Batchelder tile fireplace, the stenciled tray ceiling, romantic time-period wall sconces, an arched alcove with built-in shelving and south facing French doors opening to the courtyard and another set of French doors to the formal dining room on the east wing of the home. The charm continues along with the hardwood floors into the formal dining room featuring beautiful multi-paned windows and molding. Between the dining room and kitchen sits a lovely breakfast room with chair rail molding, built-in wood and glass shelving and multiple windows allowing light to fill the space. The remodeled kitchen with stone counters, a gas cooktop, stainless steel appliances and an eat in bar area opens up nicely to the family room which features wood floors, a ceiling fan and another access point to the central courtyard. In 2000 the current owners tastefully remodeled the kitchen and added a laundry room and a three quarter bathroom to the end of the east wing. The west side bedroom wing features two bedrooms and a shared bathroom connecting these two rooms. The primary bedroom at the back of the home has its own decorative Batchelder fireplace, lovely wood and glass built in shelving, the original hardwood floors, wood molding, casing and 7 multi-paned windows allowing light from outside to fill the space. The connected bathroom was remodeled in 2014 with a jetted soaker tub, a glass enclosure shower, tile marble flooring and a tile backsplash with a tasteful ribbon design. On either side of this primary bathroom are dressing rooms connected to each of the downstairs bedrooms. The front bedroom on the west wing has multiple beautiful windows, French windows that open to the covered front porch, wood molding, casing and original hardwood floors. A charming archway from the living room to the hallway leads to the bedroom wing. The upstairs bedroom suite is accessed off the central courtyard framed by lovely archways along the covered staircase. Beautiful hardwood floors, picture rail molding, French doors leading to a private outdoor patio overlooking the courtyard and backyard, a large dressing room including a built-in desk and mini refrigerator and the attached bathroom which includes a full tub/shower combination, original pedestal sink and lovely original tile work make this upstairs suite a wonderful retreat. This stunning Italian Villa in an ideal Monrovia location has not been on the market in decades and is ready to be passed on to an owner looking for a romantic, character filled home so ideal for entertaining and truly a sanctuary from the world around.
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