The Perfect Time Capsule In Pasadena $1.8M

Where: 1820 Villa Rica Avenue Pasadena
Asking: $1,795,000
Who: The sellers are Matt Hales and Kim Oliver, the duo behind the band Aqualung; they purchased it from the original owners.
What: A solid example of Mid-Century design, beautifully maintained and preserved. This c.1964, 4-bed, 3-bath multi-level home is typical of many high-end homes in Pasadena, somewhat conservative but also forward looking for the time. The key elements here (and for a potential buyer) aren't drama and kitsch, but exceptional quality combined with respectful and careful maintenance.

The entrance sets the tone with breeze blocks, an atrium, amber glass and a stone wall.

The rear of the house, with the multiple levels and outdoor spaces sheltered beneath the deep eaves. There’s also a 2-car garage with an attached music studio.

Inside, a superb pair of fixed and sliding silver-gilt screens (at top and below) close off the paneled den from the foyer, echoing the breeze blocks. Note the original cork floors, in perfect condition.


What We Love: This could have been your grandparents’ house, but it's also the perfect venue for your own collection of Mid-Century furniture and objects.

More breeze blocks in the low wall around the patio– plus a wood gate fabricated to match seamlessly– welcome you from the parking area. Adjacent to the kitchen, the patio has an immense gas grill built into the chimney. There’s also plenty of room for a pool.


The vintage kitchen is in superb shape, with a dropped illuminated ceiling.

More: Go to the listing for additional details and images. Represented by Josette Wolf at Pacific Union International. Below, a glimpse into the master suite.

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