You don’t have the opportunity to live in literally postcard-like settings every day, but that’s exactly what this rare property in Pasadena offers. It is the last remnant of one of the attractions, Busch Gardens.
Today people associate the name Busch Gardens with amusement parks in Florida and Virginia, but the original Busch Gardens It was a 30-acre botanical wonderland developed on the land of beer tycoon Adolphus Busch and his wife Lily. The gardens were open to the public from he 1906 until he 1937. Along with thousands of flowers and trees, 14 miles of scenic walking trails past ponds and streams, whimsical structures, and Hans adorned statues depicting characters and vignettes from his Christian Andersen fairy tales. Built in 1910, the atmospheric ‘Old Mill’ with its working waterwheel has become the park’s iconic landmark, featured from every angle on countless postcards.
Sadly, both Prohibition and the Great Depression took a toll on the Bush family’s fortunes, ultimately rendering the substantial upkeep and operating costs of the gardens impractical. We have tried to mediate major tourist attractions with the City of Pasadena on several occasions, but have been turned down. As a result, the gardens were sold piecemeal to developers.Per National Register of Historic Places documentThe Old Mill was converted into a single-family home in 1946, with a two-story addition added to the southeast corner of the original building.
The first half-timbered cottage on the market in almost half a century features two bedrooms and two bathrooms in a modest 912-square-foot main living space above a two-story 400-square-foot cellar . Notable features include brick floors, sloping wood-beamed ceilings, diamond-pane leaded glass windows, and built-in bookshelves and nooks. There is also a spacious brick patio and separate garage with carport. But the property’s biggest selling point would have to be its woodland-like setting, criss-crossed by an extensive network of arroyo stone-lined paths under a canopy of grown oaks, sycamores and other trees. it won’t work.