Pinney House did land-office business

The Pinney House, built in 1888, is listed at $2.795 million.
(Erik Grammer)

The Pinney House was built in the late 1800s as a hotel where visitors from the East could stay while making land purchases. The structure’s three-story tower offered a view of the railway station, a mile away, so the proprietor would know when the train had arrived. Later a sanatorium, a boarding house, apartments and a filming location, the property is now a single-family house restored in keeping with the period ambience.

Location: 225 N. Lima St., Sierra Madre 91024

Asking price: $2.795 million

Previously sold: In 2002 for $1.3 million


Years built: 1887-88

Architects: Samuel and Joseph Cather Newsom

House size: 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 10,000 square feet

Lot size: Nearly half an acre


Features: Living room, dining room and parlor fireplaces, library, sun room, first floor studio, loft-like attic living quarters, front veranda, English-style garden.

About the area: Last year, 84 single-family homes sold in the 91024 ZIP Code at a median price of $690,000, according to DataQuick. That was a 10% decrease from the 2011 median.

Open house: Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

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


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