Home of the Week: Villa Elena: An Exquisite Spanish Colonial Estate Secluded Among Towering Deodars in La Cañada Flintridge

1600 Fairmount Ave., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Published on Sep 15, 2021

Villa Elena is a unique offering unlike any other in the upper Alta Cañada neighborhood. Tucked away and secluded among towering deodars in La Cañada Flintridge, it is easily accessible by the 2 and 210 freeways. Rich in history, this estate was built in 1929 by architect Welby H Hudson for Chauncey H Mckellips, a top J.C. Penney executive. Exquisite hand-painted art by Danish-born artist Ejnar Hansen (1884-1965) can be seen on the entrance’s arched porch depicting the arrival of Cortez. Hansen also painted the Moorish-design beams in the formal living room, as well as the oriental motif on the dome ceiling in the casual dining area, all well preserved since 1929. It was also home to the Von Metternich family; whose family crest is embedded into the stained-glass window as you enter into the 30 feet tall grand foyer. This family of Royal Austrian descent, related to Prince Klemens von Metternich, resided in this estate for more than 40 years.

This exquisite Spanish colonial estate blends harmoniously Spanish architecture with elegant and opulent French, Oriental interior living. Completely renovated while maintaining its historical and original architectural integrity. Seamlessly blending the East and the West, creating a warm, luxurious intimate privacy for family living. Meticulously and lavishly landscaped, the view from every room is picturesque and relaxing at the same time. The 1.67 acre estate has a natural canyon filled with rocks imported by the Von Metternich family from Catalina Island decades ago and a waterfall supplied by pumps cascades down into it.

The magnificent formal living room, with antique hand-painted beams, once entertained Edward VIII of England, Prince of Wales. French doors extend the formal indoor living to the outdoor limestone patio. The formal Dining room is recently updated with silk wallpaper and French Oriental custom furniture. On the other wing of the house is a welcoming, relaxing family room with a foldable sliding door that expends the entertainment area to the patio. It has a butler’s pantry, updated kitchen, top of the line appliances, master suite with Mr and Mrs walk-in closets, Juliet balcony, original Rathskeller bar, wet bar, guest quarters with sperate entrance, Movie theatre, library, custom-designed furniture, custom built-ins, handcrafted carpentry throughout, updated bathrooms, new wool carpet, new water filter system, Sonos system, intercom, security cameras, outdoor fountains, rose garden with arbor that has won praises from the Huntington gardens, pool, spa, tennis court, 3 car garage, a grand stairway that connects the two floors, secondary stairs on the right-wing, stairs to the entertainment basement with direct access to the outdoor and many more amenities.

Main Points:

Bedroom(s): 5
Bathroom(s): 10
Square feet: 10,409 sq feet,
Lot size: 1.67 Acres

Offered at $8,999,999

For a Virtual Tour of the property, visit http://www.1600fairmountave.com/

For more information contact:

Iye Kang
Iye Kang Estates | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
(626) 316-3515


Pictures by The Home Bird
Landscaping by Joe Torres (818) 335-5360






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