Sue Wheeler | 248 El Nido Avenue, Monrovia 91016
About Podley Properties

You are invited to view this wonderful, original American Craftsman home, situated on a quaint cul-de-sac at the base of the mountains. This historic, architecturally significant “clinker-brick” house, with red clay tile roof, was built in 1925 as the Harry Nelson residence. The house is featured in the Monrovia Library Reference book “Picturesque Monrovia”, by Chas Davis, published 1929, page 6. The interior of the house is in pristine condition, with oak flooring throughout, all original, unrestored exotic hardwood trim and molding, nine-stile windows and French doors, nine foot coved-ceilings, leaded lamps and hand fashioned wall sconces, new wiring throughout house, new A/C duct-work and copper plumbing. The living room features a stunning Batchehelder Fireplace, large arched entryway into dining room, lighted alcoves and lots of windows. The two bathrooms, kitchen and butler’s pantry have been fully gutted and artistically and correctly restored using only the highest quality materials. The kitchen features custom oak cabinets with etched glass doors, hand-made Vermont tiles, vintage copper ceiling, pegged floors, wainscoting, built-in appliances, granite counters and stainless sinks. The patio/sunroom is an added addition with skylights, Spanish Terracotta tile floor, open-beamed ceiling, custom wrought iron railings and a tiled staircase leading down to a large basement (carpeted, sink), used as a crafts room or could easily become another living space. The overall spatial characteristics and flow dynamics of the house, with its open floor plan, its use of natural wood, lots of natural light and easy access to all rooms, is pleasing, practical and comfortable.

The large, wrap-around L-shaped front porch is friendly and inviting and makes you want to sit and relax. There’s a large covered patio area out back, great for entertaining. An adjoining, free standing garage sits at the end of a long driveway. A spacious, very private, multi-level backyard is park-like with lemon and tangerine trees. The yard is surrounded by fencing, hedges, large neighbor’s trees and a productive avocado grove.

The neighborhood is wonderful, there’s no through traffic, no dogs barking and no wild or noisy garage bands practicing. This place is like a small town movie set.

This 93 year old house has withstood the tests of time and elements. It is a prime example of gracious living and the California American Arts & Crafts movement. It’s an old, sturdy house, giving shelter and security and featuring all the modern upgrades and features one expects in a modern household. This house is reminiscent of an easier lifestyle and invites all who come to visit. All are welcome!

  • House: 2,185 sq. ft. | Basement: 607 sq. ft. | Garage: 371 sq. ft.
  • Lot size: 10,491 sq. ft.
  • Built in 1925
  • 4 Bedrooms: Hardwood floors, lots of windows, easy access to other rooms & bathrooms.
  • 2 Bathrooms: Fully renovated, custom oak cabinets, custom subway tiles (pale apple green, white & black, (floors & walls). Separate showers, tub, nickle plated fixtures.
  • Kitchen: Fully renovated, all built-in’s, oak cabinets/etched glass, wainscoting, pegged floors, custom tiles, granite counters, copper ceilings.
  • Butler’s pantry: Custom cabinets (same as kitchen), copper ceilings, stainless sink, pegged floors, washer/dryer, lots of storage.
  • Living room: Stunning Batchelder Fireplace, 9’ coved-ceilings, all original exotic hardwood trim & window frames, oak floors.
  • Formal Dining room: Spacious, easy access through large arched entries to kitchen & living room, lighted alcoves between living room, French doors opening into patio/sun room.
  • Patio/Sun-room: Adjoins dining room through French doors, Mission Terracotta tile floor, skylights, open beamed ceiling, wrought iron railings, French doors open to patio and backyard.
  • Basement: Large, full size, carpeted, lighting, sink, craft room or can be used as additional living space, access from patio/sun room via tiled stairwell.
  • Covered Patio area, concrete with brick ribbons, block sitting wall capped with bull-nose bricks, electric outlets, sound system.
  • 2-car garage, free standing.
  • Central heating & air.
  • Sprinklers front and backyard.
  • Backyard, large, multi-level, fruit trees, filled in stone pond area (now picnic area), very private.