A New House On An Old Block, $3.388M


For architecture fans, Buena Vista Street in South Pasadena’s Prospect Circle neighborhood is a goldmine of residential architectural history, encompassing works ranging from Greene + Greene’s Garfield House (built for the widow of president James Garfield in 1904) to handsome homes by the likes of Sylvanus Marston and Roland Coate. Carefully preserved over the past decades by residents who are passionate about their built environment, Prospect Circle is full of handsome homes set among centenary specimen trees– Deodar cedars, redwood, sycamore and oaks– that contribute to a sense of time stood still.

Not surprisingly, new construction in this neighborhood can be a challenge, even more so with a contemporary home. In this new home on Buena Vista Street by Odom and Kate Stamps of  Stamps + Stamps, the goal was to create a modern dwelling that fitted neatly into the scale of the neighborhood and its irreplaceable landscape. Stamps + Stamps is an architecture and landscape architecture firm with a long resume of projects in the area; Odom is a former mayor of this very preservation-minded town.

The solution was to float a symmetrical pavilion above a platform containing a vast garage and service areas and base for the pool, unencumbering the main structure of the usual parking areas and garage on a tight lot, and thus preserving the ancient trees.

Inside, the architects created airy, loft-like spaces arranged around a soaring central hall with stairs leading to a more private area and theree bedroom suites. Interiors are by Gina Holz Designs. The main level opens to the elevated pool deck; there’s an office and guest suite on this main floor as well.

Below, glimpses of the master suite’s spa bath.

More: Go tho the listing for additional details and images. Represented by Michele Downing, Holland Ashrafnia, and Aaron Kirman, President of the Estates Division at Compass in Los Angeles.

Open House Schedule:
Saturday January 11 and Sunday, January 12 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm both days

Photo Credit: Juwan Li Courtesy of Compass