The Pedrini Music Castle in Alhambra’s historic Midwick neighborhood is on the market for the first time in almost 70 years. The Pedrini family, whose store on Main Street sold musical instruments, pianos, records, sheet music, TVs and stereos, and was one of Alhambra’s landmark commercial establishments, has owned the French Period Revival-style house since 1951.
Originally built in 1929 for $8,000, the property at 3006 Pyrenees Drive is listed at $950,000 by Jan Thornton and Sue Orme of our Pasadena office. With four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, the 4,004-square-foot, three-story residence has been modernized over the years with major electrical work, built-in appliances, a solar panel, and storage tank.
The home is believed to be the first one built on the street. The land had been part of the estate of Alhambra pioneer Sylvester Dupuy, whose parents emigrated from a village at the foot of the French Pyrenees mountains in the 1870s, from which the street’s name is derived.
The first floor features a lounge, parlor/music room, bar, and half-bathroom. A stairway leads to a formal living room with fireplace, formal dining room with built-in china cabinets, kitchen with breakfast area, and a laundry room off the kitchen. Another stairway leads to the hobby room, which could also be a studio, workout, or yoga room. A patio above the two-car garage is ideal for dining alfresco, taking in the city and mountain views, and enjoying the afternoon breezes.