Handsome Modern Compound in Pasadena, $5MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 835 Linda Vista Avenue, Pasadena
What: A 4-bed, 6-bath compound on a deep lot near the Rose Bowl where architect Rodney Ross reinvented a 1957 vintage ranch by Kemper Nomland as pool/guest house– and built a radically new but respectful structure just beyond.
Whodunit: Rodney Ross is the the head of rossdesign, a Pasadena firm with a wide range of projects ranging from innovative luxury residential to high-concept retail clients (Design Within Reach, Adidas) to product and furniture design. Kemper Nomland was actually two Kemper Nomlands– junior and senior– the father and son team of architects whose Mid-Century practice encompassed mostly residential projects, notably Pasadena’s Case Study House #10 in 1947.
What We Love: Impeccable, poured concrete walls and floors, softened by sisal carpeting and cedar ceilings, highlighted by deep, warm blacks; the mix of board-and-batten and clapboard walls.
No afterthought, the pool/guest house underwent a comprehensive renovation but retains its vintage integrity, just updated, and includes an outdoor kitchen.
More: Go to the listing for additional images and details. Represented by Jimmy Wilson, senior partner at Deasy Penner.