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960-square-foot Sierra Madre cottage has chalet charm for $689K

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In a serene setting

A sunny room with a wall of windows and high beamed ceilings.
Beamed ceilings and loads of windows in the living room.
Photos by Pierre Galant, courtesy of Deasy Penner Podley

Way up in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, this Sierra Madre cottage is close to hiking trails and far from the action and crowds of city life.

The 960-square-foot house in Little Santa Anita Canyon was built in 1949. It features “Swiss chalet”-style details, like the high pitched ceilings, the exposed ceiling beams, and the wavy decorative wooden details. The rock fireplace is another reminder that the mountains are nearby.

Its two bedrooms are ample and sunlit, and out of every window, there’s a view of mature trees or glimpses of the mountains or both.

Behind the house, a rambling, terraced backyard with a seating area stretches across the nearly 7,000 square foot lot. The trailhead for Mt. Wilson is about a mile away.

The house last sold in 2016 for $628,000. 674 Alta Vista Drive is for sale now for $689,000 with Vanessa Withers of Deasy Penner Podley.

A photo of the large fireplace, which has a rock mantle and hearth. Ceiling beams and a diamond-paned window are visible in the room.
The rock-covered fireplace is a reminder that, yes, you are basically in the mountains.
The dining room has hardwood floors and a table set up in front of a row of windows. Outside the windows you can see large trees.
Trees and mountain views are outside every window.
A room with high ceilings and a four-poster bed set up in the middle of the room. There are windows on either side of the bed and wooden furniture.
One of the house’s two bedrooms.
The kitchen has white counters and dark cabinets. There is a bar with hooks on it for hanging pots and pans as well as open shelves.
The U-shaped kitchen has good counter space and storage.
An outdoor area with many terraces cut into the dirt. Some areas of dirt have been planted, others have not. A large tree grows over the top portion of the photo.
The backyard is terraced and features a few tall trees.