Open House Obsession: Exceptional MCM Oasis in Pasadena, $1.8M


Where: 3439 Vosburg Street, Pasadena
When: Saturday and Sunday, October 22/23 from 2:00PM-5:00 both days
Asking: $1,798,000
What: This 3-bed, 2.5-bath home is a prime example of Pasadena’s wave of Mid-Century Modernist housing, when owning a house like this meant a firm commitment to the future. Designed by prolific Pasadena architect Arthur C. Swab in 1955–and after a recent, comprehensive renovation that makes it ready for the next six decades– it still is.

With a both lack of nostalgia and a respect for the past, the house has open spaces with high ceilings and a comfortable relationship with the outdoors, on a very private site with mature trees and a sweeping stone and concrete pool and spa (at top and below). Pasadena in the ’50s was filling up with academics, scientists, and engineers who didn’t want the classic Arts + Crafts and Mission Revival homes that characterized the town’s built environment, and they responded to this brand of modest but intelligent Modernism.

What We Love: The house has not been staged for sale. This is real life for someone with exceptional taste and a good eye. And a healthy dose of restraint.

The workhorse kitchen can accomodate more than one cook, plus spectators.

More: Go to the listing agent’s site for additional details and images.