A Private California Compound Hits the Market at $5M

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Comprised of a stunning grand estate, as well as a reinvented pool/guest house, this expansive private compound in Pasadena is seeking a new owner.

Privately nestled above the Rose Bowl Stadium, this 5,677-square-foot property includes a recently developed main house constructed of steel, glass, and poured concrete. Designed by Rodney Ross, the four-bedroom, six-bath home embraces indoor/outdoor living and juxtaposes midcentury modern aesthetics with a contemporary industrial vibe.  With ample space for entertaining, this remarkable estate is now listed for $5,000,000

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The main house channels a midcentury, modern vibe. 

The main house channels a midcentury, modern vibe. 

Not only does this compelling compound feature a newly constructed home, but it is also comprised of another striking volume—the property's original Kemper Nomland 1957 ranch has been renovated to serve as a pool/guest house.  

The courtyard in the center of the compound opens to a lovely lap pool and connects the main house to the pool/guest house.  

The courtyard in the center of the compound opens to a lovely lap pool and connects the main house to the pool/guest house.  

A beautifully landscaped courtyard with a pool now serves as the center point between the two structures. "The inspiration was to bounce off the original structure and develop a modern California ranch theme," says the homeowner, who collaborated with the architects on the concept. 

The interior of the main home is elegant and airy, with a dark palette warmed by the use of natural wood. A dramatic fireplace is the centerpiece of the open-plan great room. 

The interior of the main home is elegant and airy, with a dark palette warmed by the use of natural wood. A dramatic fireplace is the centerpiece of the open-plan great room. 

The chef's kitchen features custom crafted cabinetry, a commercial size pantry, and an epic island of mallet stamped stone. It also benefits from ample glazing, which helps the space bring in an abundance of natural light. 

The chef's kitchen features custom crafted cabinetry, a commercial size pantry, and an epic island of mallet stamped stone. It also benefits from ample glazing, which helps the space bring in an abundance of natural light. 

The tongue-and-groove cedar ceiling is an authentic midcentury touch, while clerestory windows help keep the living area bright and airy. 

The tongue-and-groove cedar ceiling is an authentic midcentury touch, while clerestory windows help keep the living area bright and airy. 

 A peek at one of the six bedrooms. 

 A peek at one of the six bedrooms. 

An ensuite bathroom is shared by two of the bedrooms.

An ensuite bathroom is shared by two of the bedrooms.

A look at another one of the bedrooms that shares the ensuite bathroom.

A look at another one of the bedrooms that shares the ensuite bathroom.

This bedroom opens to a lovely outdoor terrace. 

This bedroom opens to a lovely outdoor terrace. 

The mix of materials makes for a vibrant, contemporary palette. 

The mix of materials makes for a vibrant, contemporary palette. 

A peek at the stunning master bath. 

A peek at the stunning master bath. 

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Here's an up-close view at backside of the fireplace that's located in the great room.

Here's an up-close view at backside of the fireplace that's located in the great room.

A quiet corner of the courtyard. 

A quiet corner of the courtyard. 

The outdoor space also includes a fire pit. 

The outdoor space also includes a fire pit. 

The pool area. 

The pool area. 

An overview of the courtyard. 

An overview of the courtyard. 

The original structure on the property—a 1957 California Ranch by the acclaimed Kemper Nomland—has been painted black and transformed into a spacious pool/guest house. 

The original structure on the property—a 1957 California Ranch by the acclaimed Kemper Nomland—has been painted black and transformed into a spacious pool/guest house. 

 There is also an indoor/outdoor barbeque kitchen and greenhouse.

 There is also an indoor/outdoor barbeque kitchen and greenhouse.

With original steel-framed windows, beamed ceilings, warm wood-paneled walls, and a gracious floor plan, this area makes for a wonderful entertaining space.

With original steel-framed windows, beamed ceilings, warm wood-paneled walls, and a gracious floor plan, this area makes for a wonderful entertaining space.

One of the guest rooms. 

One of the guest rooms. 

A bright and updated bathroom. 

A bright and updated bathroom. 

The outdoors are easily accessed from every room, showcasing a mix of large specimen trees, drought tolerant plants, and decomposed granite and river rock.

The outdoors are easily accessed from every room, showcasing a mix of large specimen trees, drought tolerant plants, and decomposed granite and river rock.

835 Linda Vista Avenue, Pasadena, CA is now on the market for $5,000,000. See the full listing here.  

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