Real Estate Report: But who changes the bulbs?



With an award-winning garden and a pool that multitasks as outdoor lighting and a water feature, this classic mid-century in Pasadena is on the market. As for the bulbs, we’re thinking they’re probably LEDs that won’t need replacing anytime soon.

The Basics: A 4-bedroom,  3-bath house in Pasadena. Built in 1963 and recently renovated, asking $2.15M.

Not So Basic: There’s been a no-surface-left-untouched renovation with the landscaping entirely re-scripted by landscape architect Anthony Exter, who carved away the hill behind the house to put in the long swimming pool and patio flanked by two planted terraces. The house is on two levels, with a two-story entry/atrium under a curved roof.

The ground floor has a 2-car garage and the entry, with the living spaces upstairs at the pool level connected by a bridge.  The sleek, skylit kitchen and the poolside living room:

The allée set in gravel and the pool area combine to give it kind of Tuileries-meets-Palm Springs vibe, although we’d probably have put in non-fruiting olive trees, and the long strips of “grass” are artificial turf to permit effective rainwater drainage. The entire property looks like it may have been landscaped for low water consumption. A side view of the house from the invaluable Google Streetview— a handy tool for checking out the neighborhood as well:

We learned from one of the commenters at Curbed LA that this was designed by  John L. Pugsley who did a number of custom and tract houses during this period.  The listing is through Deasy Penner & Partners although there are more images via the Redfin listing, below.

Listing: 1451 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena  [Redfin]