A Wonderful Pasadena Compound in its Own Oak Grove, $8M

by Phillip Ferrato

The globally influential multi-disciplinary design firm rossdesign sometimes flies under the radar, and residential design is just one facet of the firm’s wide-ranging practice. This well-considered and beautifully executed compound near Pasadena’s Rose Bowl is a perfect example of their signature style– a spare but warm minimalism in a setting of native plants. The main dwelling, guest house, office, and pool house are gathered around a swimming pool in a grove of ancient California oaks.

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Rare All-New Compound Up for Grabs in Prestigious Pasadena Enclave

by Wendy Bowman

When it comes to outstanding features, this contemporary estate has all the bases covered! Not only is the brand-new house sited in Pasadena’s prestigious Linda Vista neighborhood pocket, but it’s also architecturally interesting from the inside-out and within walking distance of the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium. And now it could be yours, provided you have an extra $8 million burning a hole in your proverbial pocket.

Resting on an oak tree-laced parcel spanning more than a half-acre, along the Rose Bowl’s western bank, the striking vertical wood-clad and gable-roof structure is highlighted by a main house featuring four bedrooms and five baths in 5,200 square feet of warm and inviting living space on three levels. Matching accessory dwellings include a guesthouse and studio/office— each coming in at 600 square feet — plus a 200-square-foot poolhouse.

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Cannabis Mogul Sells Exotic, Mysterious Lloyd Wright-Designed Showpiece

By Wendy Bowman

Back in early 2018, CBD entrepreneur Dan Goldfarb doled out nearly $4.7 million for a historic Lloyd Wright-designed residence in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. A former hedge-fund analyst from New York who founded Canna-Pet — a Seattle-based company that sells hemp CBD for pets — he planned to use the space as a hub for social and fund-raising events.

Now, a little over four years later, Goldfarb and his wife Jenny Landers have sold their unique home. The buyer, records indicate, is Nate Daneshgar — a member of a wealthy Beverly Hills family that made their money in commercial real estate and are perhaps best known for owning DTLA’s Grand Central Market. Daneshgar forked over just under $6.2 million for the place in an off-market deal, or almost $1.5 million more than Goldfarb and Landers paid for the property back in April 2018.

Originally designed and built in 1926 by Lloyd Wright (the son of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright) for painter and photographer John Sowden and his wife Ruth — and aptly named the “Sowden House” — the neo-Mayan structure has also been nicknamed “the Jaws House,” for its ominous shark teeth-like exterior entrance.

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This $1.2M Mid-Century Home Embraces the Majesty of the San Gabriel Mountains

By Ilya Shrayber

Location: 1059 Alpine Villa Drive, Altadena, CA, 91001

Price: $1,249,000

Footprint: 1,272 square feet (3 bedrooms, 2 baths)

Lot size: 0.18 Acres

Year built: 1950

Welcome to this incredible post-and-beam Mid-Century, set in an unparalleled sylvan setting at the end of a wooded cul-de-sac. The home has three bedrooms and two baths including a lower-level bonus guest suite or bunk room that is tucked off the verdant yard. You feel like you are miles away from the hustle and bustle and in your own hideaway retreat. You step into the architectural home via a tall door flanked by period, reeded glass panels. As you enter the residence, wrapped in windows, you are led to the elegant living room with beamed ceilings as well as a stately fireplace. This adjoins the inviting dining area and kitchen that has been recently remodeled. This upper floor also features a renovated bath and two bedrooms, including a primary bedroom that opens out to a wide balcony that showcases treetop views of the beautiful surroundings. The bottom floor is bonus space and would be ideal as a separate guest suite or office. This property is filled with character details and fixtures throughout including custom built-ins, clerestory windows and Mid-Century lighting that complete the picture-perfect interior.

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Extraordinary Architectural Modern Compound

Architecturally significant, newly constructed compound on over half an acre. Sensitively designed within a grove of old-growth California oak trees on the western bank of Pasadena’s iconic Rose Bowl. A striking yet restrained palette of concrete, steel, glass and wood combined with grand scale and expansive angled gables complements and embraces the inherent serenity of nature and site. The main house features a voluminous public entertaining space with vaulted ceilings and walls of glass and sliders to the east and west, blurring the line between indoors and out.

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