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Sierra Madre home once doubled as a presidential retreat

The sprawling 1928 house is set on more than an acre and surrounded by mature trees.
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Herbert Hoover Jr., the son of the 31st President, owned this Hacienda-style home in Sierra Madre for more than a decade starting in the early 1930s. His parents visited often enough that the residence became known as the Winter White House. The Hoovers added a child’s playroom with a built-in slide in homage to family friend and “Winnie the Pooh” author A.A. Milne.

Address: 500 N. Michillinda Ave., Sierra Madre 91024

Price: $3.75 million


Built: 1928

Lot size: 50,113 square feet

House size: 5,810 square feet, seven bedrooms, six bathrooms

Features: Open-beam ceilings, updated kitchen with original icebox, four fireplaces, wood-paneled library, formal dining room, guesthouse, swimming pool with spa, pool house


About the area: The median sale price for single-family homes in the 91204 ZIP Code in March was $1.145 million based on nine sales, according to CoreLogic. That was a 29.4% increase compared with the same month the previous year.

Agents: Katherine Orth, (626) 355-2384, and Judy Webb-Martin, (626) 688-2273, both with Podley Properties

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