Roland Russell House in Pasadena

Roland Russell House in Pasadena

1450 El Mirador Dr, Pasadena CA 911031450 El Mirador Dr, Pasadena CA 91103

A popular design element in midcentury modern architecture is the butterfly roof. It’s perhaps a little more common to find this feature on commercial structures than on residences. And I’m not sure why that is because I, for one, love the look of it. I especially like it when the roofline is punctuated not merely by alternating up and down slopes, but when each slope includes the opposing line beneath it, creating the appearance of elongated diamonds – a very Googie sort of feature. This home in in the Linda Vista neighborhood of Pasadena is a fine example of that.

 Even as you first approach the house you have to appreciate the clean, elegant lines all around you, including the landscaping and garden features.

Even as you first approach the house you have to appreciate the clean, elegant lines all around you, including the landscaping and garden features.

 Upon entering, you are confronted by a large and striking glass-enclosed atrium, which contains a specimen Japanese cedar surrounded by a beautiful wood platform for lounging. This is a very special touch in the home’s design and would almost certai

Upon entering, you are confronted by a large and striking glass-enclosed atrium, which contains a specimen Japanese cedar surrounded by a beautiful wood platform for lounging. This is a very special touch in the home’s design and would almost certainly be a conversation starter for anyone’s initial visit to the house.

 Designed by AIA President Roland Russell in 1961 for himself, this home has been beautifully updated, though some of its original features remain – such as the stunning pewter fireplace in the living room.

Designed by AIA President Roland Russell in 1961 for himself, this home has been beautifully updated, though some of its original features remain – such as the stunning pewter fireplace in the living room.

 Terrazzo lines the floors of the living room, dining room and kitchen, which all wrap around the home’s centerpiece atrium.

Terrazzo lines the floors of the living room, dining room and kitchen, which all wrap around the home’s centerpiece atrium.

 The dining room features beautiful cabinetry extending from the floor all the way up to the vaulted ceiling. And I love the chandelier. Be sure to include that in your offer!

The dining room features beautiful cabinetry extending from the floor all the way up to the vaulted ceiling. And I love the chandelier. Be sure to include that in your offer!

 The kitchen is slick, sleek and stacked with top of the line Miele appliances.

The kitchen is slick, sleek and stacked with top of the line Miele appliances.

 My favorite thing about the kitchen is the massive island with its cantilevered slab of wood that serves as the eating area. Clever and chic, indeed.

My favorite thing about the kitchen is the massive island with its cantilevered slab of wood that serves as the eating area. Clever and chic, indeed.

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 The master-suite has another atrium as well as a private library. The master bath features a steam shower, cathedral ceilings, and heated flooring.

The master-suite has another atrium as well as a private library. The master bath features a steam shower, cathedral ceilings, and heated flooring.

 The Master’s atrium's features a large deck and outdoor tub making it a perfect spot for your morning meditation, yoga, or perhaps a moonlight bath. Candles are on me if you decide to write an offer!

The Master’s atrium’s features a large deck and outdoor tub making it a perfect spot for your morning meditation, yoga, or perhaps a moonlight bath. Candles are on me if you decide to write an offer!

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 The home’s guest quarters offer two bedrooms, a full bath and powder room. Finally, outside you'll find a large grassy lawn, outdoor shower and a swimming pool equipped with a 10-person hot tub, underwater speakers and an ozone filtration system.

The home’s guest quarters offer two bedrooms, a full bath and powder room. Finally, outside you’ll find a large grassy lawn, outdoor shower and a swimming pool equipped with a 10-person hot tub, underwater speakers and an ozone filtration system.

Specs for 1450 El Mirador Dr, Pasadena CA 91103

Architect: Roland Russell
Listing Price: 
$2,499,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Square Feet
: 2,928
Lot Size: 13,625
Price Per SF: $853.48
Year Built: 1961
Pool: Heated, In Ground
Air: Central, Dual
Floor: Terrazzo
Parking: Driveway – Pavers, 2-Car Garage
Views: Green Belt, Hills
Fireplace: Family Room
MLS #: 18-312034

Listing Courtesy of Ivan Estrada of Douglas Elliman.

Note: Information above reflects market status as of the date this post was originally published. Feel free to call for current market status.

640 419 David Kubiczky

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