Former Upton Sinclair home in Monrovia is for sale

The house that social reformer and novelist Upton Sinclair lived in during the 1940s through the '60s has come on the market in Monrovia at $1.5 million.

Built in 1923, the Spanish Colonial Revival-style residence is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is a National Historic Landmark. High arched windows, Mission Revival roof parapets and an ornate arched doorway are among the original features. French doors open off the living room and formal dining room to a covered side patio. A grand staircase leads to the three bedrooms, and both bathrooms have Batchelder tile. A guesthouse sits in the backyard.

The 2,380-square-foot house, which last changed hands in 2002 for $725,000, is eligible for Mills Act property tax benefits.

Sinclair, who died in 1968 at 90, rose to fame for his novel "The Jungle" (1906), which looked at meat packing industry conditions. He won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for "Dragon's Teeth" (1942).

Cecilia Farnum of Century 21 Adams & Barnes is the listing agent.

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