Real Estate Report: In Pasadena, Aging in Place With Some Style



This old-school Pasadena mid-century condo might well have housed an archetypical “little old lady from Pasadena.” It now makes a great case for her to hang in a while longer.



The Basics: A 2-bed, 2-bath, 2-car parking condo built in 1963, asking $689K with monthly HOAs of $511.

Not So Basic: It’s been remodeled to be ADA-compliant— to suit someone in a wheelchair without compromising the condo’s classic mid-century vibe or feeling like an assisted living facility. The complex was originally designed by Norwood & Delonghe (about whom we can find nothing) as a collection  of low-slung stucco ranch houses with cedar-shake roofs, well set-back from the road and now almost hidden by manicured hedges and mature olive trees. The sensitive remodel was done by Mannigan Design of Pasadena.

Check the kitchen details below— the doors and drawers under the sink and range can be removed for wheelchair access, plus the switch for the range hood is on the edge of the counter rather than on the wall. Touch controls for the sink and the contents of the overhead cabinets drop down.

The master bath has a drive-in vanity plus a separate skylit shower:

In front, more outdoor space. There are no steps between the the nearby garage and the unit.

The grassy atrium and a view to the bedrooms:

According to the Redfin listing below, the unit’s been on the market almost seven months and reduced from an original asking price of $719K.

Listing: 1040 South Orange Grove Boulevard #18, Pasadena [Redfin]