Friday, November 16, 2012

Mistermidcentury Scouting Report 11/16/12

SCOUTING REPORT - 11/16/12 Wow, caravan today yielded some great midcentury goodness. Let's start With Mary Ann Shemdin's listing at 1327 Mountain View in South Pasadena
Jean Roth Driskel, FAIA, first woman and former President of the National A.I.A. designed and built this home for her family. The 2000+ foot 3 bed/2 bath home sits on a 8500 foot lot facing the east. The home has that easy, relaxed ultimate California existence floor plan that flows easily from inside to out and back in again. The baths appear to be in near-original condition. The kitchen has been tastefully updated using the same design tenets that Ms. Driskel used 60 years earlier. Very nice Thermador appliances. What does it for me is the soaring, natural wood ceiling, the walls of glass and the intelligent use of space. You can see the details and photos here Priced at $1,125,000.
Next up we have a Darling/Baron listing at 1619 Poppy Peak in the San Rafael Hills of Pasadena. This 1900+ square foot 3 bed/3bath home sits on a 28739 foot lot with stellar westerly views. The wrought iron spiral staircase is cool yet out of place when considering the rest of this 60s home. Nice use of slate and original hardwood floors. This home enjoys Mills Act tax savings and is for sale at $899,000. You can see the details and photos here

Last and certainly not least is the David Lopez, AIA home (brought to you by Patrick McGinley) off of Lake Avenue in Altadena. David Lopez designed many Altadena homes in the 1950s and 60s and I'm grateful for every one of them. This 3 bed/2bath 1795 Square foot home sits on a private 22708 foot lot. You access the home down a long private driveway. Here again you have walls of glass and are surrounded by all the green lushness of nature. The kitchen is quite modest as is in so many 50s homes. What a great home to update and enjoy. For sale at $779,000. Almost forgot. The garage houses quite a wood shop and has a cool little study off to one side. You can see the details and photos here #lee cuellar,, #modern architecture, #pasadena, #south pasadena

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