Below Mt. Lowe, ranch home on 5 bucolic acres asking $3M

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If you’re a back-to-nature type with deep pockets, this new listing in Altadena may be right up your alley. Described as “the largest remaining private portion of the original Camp Huntington—one of the early sites for Scouting in Southern California,” the property in question is comprised of three parcels totaling 4.98 acres of land at the base of Mt. Lowe in rugged Rubio Canyon.

Along with a multitude of oak, pine, deodar cedar, and olive trees, the sprawling property contains a two-story traditional ranch that was the longtime home of Caltech professor Heinz Ellersieck and his wife Astrid, an avid preservationist and co-founder of Altadena Heritage.

On the market for the first time in more than 40 years, the four-bedroom, two and a half bath home is undeniably in need of a thorough refresh, should its next owner decide to keep it. Given the combined size of the parcels, however, development—or, in the words of the sales pitch, “the opportunity to own a large private retreat or to create several individual estates”—seems a far more likely outcome.

Asking price for the property, located at 3351 Camp Huntington Road, is an even $3 million. Steve Haussler of Coldwell Banker holds the listing.


To the right of the entry is a sunny parlor.

The open-plan dining room has a wood-burning fireplace and sliding glass doors that lead out to the pool.

Though the kitchen could stand updating, it is quite spacious and bright.

A safe spot to go skinny-dipping.

The bucolic surroundings are populated with oaks, pines, deodar cedars, and olive trees.

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