Built on a history of territorial disputes, armed ranchers and governmental land grabs, La Cañada Flintridge has since calmed down.
Now, the city is more known for its wealthy residents and excellent schools, and it offers a quiet life away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
In 2017, there were 93 single-family home sales of $2 million or more in La Cañada Flintridge, up from 81 the previous year, according to the Multiple Listing Service. There were six sales of $5 million or more, or three more than there were in 2016.
$10.5 million – Woodleigh Lane
This 1920s Irish-country-style manor, purchased in August by Hyperloop One CFO Brent Callinicos, was not only the community's most expensive sale of the year, but the priciest deal ever in the area.
In addition to the 11,269-square-foot mansion, the tree-topped two-acre grounds hold a two-story guesthouse, a pool and a three-hole pitch and putt. Original details inside the home include mahogany walls and limestone flooring, and other specialties include a glass-domed breakfast room, billiards room and a bar.
A paneled elevator services the home's three floors.
Laura Brandt and Rachel Ashton of Partners Trust Real Estate were the listing agents. Heidi Lake of Sotheby's International Realty and Janice McGlashan of Coldwell Banker represented the buyer.
$6.5 million – Woodleigh Lane
Also on Woodleigh Lane is this custom-built estate, which changed hands in October, records show.
A circular driveway leads up to the wide front of the home, which has custom iron front doors, a grand hallway and a living room with 24-foot ceilings. Other features of note include elegant chandeliers, formal living spaces and more than 9,400 square feet of interior space.
A winding staircase leads upstairs, where the spacious master suite features a fireplace, Jacuzzi and private balcony. There are seven bathrooms and 9.5 bathrooms in all.
Michelle Ko of Kobeissi Properties held the listing.
$6.3 million – Commonwealth Avenue
Set on two acres of park-like grounds, this French chateau-style manor opens to a grand foyer with hand-painted ceilings and dual staircases. It sold in June for slightly more than $6.3 million, records show.
Among the home's highlights is a wet bar equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows and two-story ceilings. The entertainment room also takes in a view of the backyard, which holds a pool surrounded by landscaped walkways and patios.
A formal dining room, chef's kitchen and five bedrooms lie within 11,700 square feet of living space.
Natalie Elias of Douglas Elliman handled both ends of the deal.
$5.65 million – Berkshire Avenue
This storied estate, designed by architects Sumner P. Hunt and Silas Reese Burns, hit the market in April for $5.85 million and sold in about three months for $200,000 less than the asking price.
The English-style manor was built in 1923 for Standish Mitchell, an auto executive and an instrumental figure in the formation of the modern freeway system. Set behind gates, the home offers nearly 5,500 square feet of hardwood-lined living space. Amenities include a wine cellar, a formal dining room and a wood-paneled office.
Balconies on the second story look out onto the 2.4-acre grounds.
Brett Furrey of Podley Properties was the listing agent. Charlie Suh of RE/MAX Tri-City Realty represented the buyer.
$5.65 million – Shepherds Lane
Also recording at $5.65 million, was this 2002-built Craftsman that changed hands in February. It features 7,752 square feet of living space filled with detailed wood finishes and vaulted ceilings.
A covered cabana sits out back, which leads to the spacious backyard. A saltwater pool and spa, basketball court, outdoor fireplace and grill fill the backyard.
Janice McGlashan of Coldwell Banker was the listing agent.