The Ostrich Farm Lofts -- South Pasadena CA

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The Ostrich Farm Lofts  -- South Pasadena CA

Originally opened in 1886 by Edwin Cawston, the Cawston Ostrich Farm was the United States' first ostrich farm and a popular tourist attraction.  It has been stated that the original ostriches made their journey from South Africa to Texas and eventually by train to South Pasadena.  It wasn't an entirely successful trip as only 18 of the 50 ostrichs survived.   Eventually, the Ostrich Farm had a population of over 100 ostriches.  During the early part of the 20th century, visitors could be taken on ostrich drawn carriage rides and buy ostrich related items at the factory store.    

Designed as live/work spaces, 53 loft condos were developed in 2006 from the historic Cawston Ostrich Farm, a historic landmark building.   In 2009 an auction was held to sell the remaining units.  

The Ostrich Farm Lofts range in size from approximately 700 square feet to over 2000 square feet of living in a project that is known for its adaptive reuse of a former factory.   There are gardens and terraces in a gated environment.   The units feature high celings and polished concrete floors.  The location is convenient to the Gold Line Light Rail System as well as the unique shopping and dining of South Pasadena.

There is a loft unit(a short sale) currently in escrow at $299,000 and a first floor unit available for lease at $2200(furnished) or $2000(unfurnished).   This past week, I represented one of my clients who leased a second floor unit with a private terrace at $1500 monthly.

Ostrich Farm Lofts - South Pasadena

 

The Ostrich Farm Lofts - South Pasadena

View of Guest Entrance at 1010 Sycamore Avenue

 

Ostrich Farm Lofts - South Pasadena

 

The Ostrich Farm Lofts - South Pasadena

view from North side of complex --  parking for residents in a gated environment

 

Ostrich Farm Lofts - South Pasadena

 The Ostrich Farm Lofts -- South Pasadena

Interior Garden area within complex

Michael Jacobs is a Realtor who serves the South Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley as well as the adjacent northeast foothill communities within the city of Los Angeles and can be reached at 818.516.4393 cell or michaeljacobs@coldwellbanker.com

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Donne Knudsen
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Michael - WOW!!!  I've never heard of the Ostrich Farm Lofts!  What a fascinating history lesson.  I've got two different borrowers looking for downtown LA lofts and it's been a challenge (downtown lofts a whole other scenario).  Thx for the info; very interesting!

Aug 28, 2011 12:59 PM #1
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
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Hi Donne -- and in another life it was also a clothing factory making Hang 10 clothing.   Surfs up in South Pasadena?   Mahalo.  

Aug 28, 2011 01:31 PM #2
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Belinda Spillman
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Aww geez.  I thought I was going to get a glimpse of an ostrich or two.  What the heck?  I know, they must be very messy.  I love buildings with a great history.  This one is very colorful indeed.

Aug 28, 2011 05:29 PM #3
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Suzanne McLaughlin
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Michael, I did my ten for the East Coast, and then I can do my "regulars" like you! 

What a great opportunity for buyers.  I would love to tell people I live at the Ostrich Farms and then give them the history. 

Aug 28, 2011 07:11 PM #4
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
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Belinda -- nyet, nope not a live ostrich in sight at The Ostrich Farm Lofts but I'm sure you would have enjoyed it in the early 20th century.  If only we had time travel.

Suzanne -- thanks for stopping by.   You never know where you will find history -- if those walls could speak or is that squawk?

Aug 28, 2011 10:03 PM #5
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Ron Marshall
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Ostrich Farm Lofts look great.  I can't wait to see your next market report. 

Dec 05, 2012 08:27 AM #6
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Ron - The Ostrich Farm Lofts is quite an interesting place with lots of history -- South Pasadena was quite the destination for all things Ostrich.

Dec 08, 2012 07:28 AM #7
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Market reports I need to try that, just never interested me much.

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Market reports I need to try that, just never interested me much.

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