Sumptuous Mid-Century by Harold B. Zook in San Marino

Sumptuous Mid-Century by Harold B. Zook in San Marino

730 Chester Ave, San Marino, CA 91108

730 Chester Ave, San Marino, CA 91108

Earlier this year I posted about a mid-century diamond in the rough in the Hollywood Hills by architects Harold Bissner and Harold B. Zook. Well, another home designed by Harold Zook just hit the market. This time it’s in San Marino and this one is a lot more diamond than rough. In fact, it’s downright fantastic.

 On the market for the first time since it was built in 1955, it’s easy to understand why the original owners never moved - this place is a dream.

On the market for the first time since it was built in 1955, it’s easy to understand why the original owners never moved – this place is a dream.

 The entry is marked by an elegant – no, make that totally badass – steel-framed wall of glass and wood, with a door that slides open instead of swinging. And terrazzo lines the ground beneath your feet before you even enter.

The entry is marked by an elegant – no, make that totally badass – steel-framed wall of glass and wood, with a door that slides open instead of swinging. And terrazzo lines the ground beneath your feet before you even enter.

 A massive and beautiful fireplace made of stacked granite, and featuring a raised concrete hearth, serves both the living room and den. At one end of the fireplace are hidden built-ins, a design idea that’s found throughout the home.

A massive and beautiful fireplace made of stacked granite, and featuring a raised concrete hearth, serves both the living room and den. At one end of the fireplace are hidden built-ins, a design idea that’s found throughout the home.

 Both the living room and den enjoy access to an expansive wrap around patio overlooking the pool and lush gardens.

Both the living room and den enjoy access to an expansive wrap around patio overlooking the pool and lush gardens.

 Among the home’s many features are teak built-ins, recessed lighting, original Crane fixtures, skylights and this dramatic stained glass separation panel between the dining room and living room.

Among the home’s many features are teak built-ins, recessed lighting, original Crane fixtures, skylights and this dramatic stained glass separation panel between the dining room and living room.

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 More amazing than the fact that the home has never been on the market before is the degree to which its original parts remain. Check out this kitchen. I bet it looks no different than it did when Eisenhower was in office.

More amazing than the fact that the home has never been on the market before is the degree to which its original parts remain. Check out this kitchen. I bet it looks no different than it did when Eisenhower was in office.

 Also found in the kitchen are features that were cutting edge for the day, including electric built-ins, an intercom system, audio system controls, and an in-counter trash drop to an exterior-accessible trash container. And it also has an eating are

Also found in the kitchen are features that were cutting edge for the day, including electric built-ins, an intercom system, audio system controls, and an in-counter trash drop to an exterior-accessible trash container. And it also has an eating area with access to the patio.

 These dual Thermador ovens are awesome. And on the inside, they’re completely spic ‘n span.

These dual Thermador ovens are awesome. And on the inside, they’re completely spic ‘n span.

 Abundant storage is a hallmark of this home, which features a master bedroom with sitting area, two walk-in closets and en-suite bath.

Abundant storage is a hallmark of this home, which features a master bedroom with sitting area, two walk-in closets and en-suite bath.

 There are two additional bedrooms and baths in the bedroom wing, plus there’s a maid’s room and bath adjacent to the kitchen and laundry room.

There are two additional bedrooms and baths in the bedroom wing, plus there’s a maid’s room and bath adjacent to the kitchen and laundry room.

 The pool, cabana, and lush gardens are incredible. I even love the placement of the sago palm trees around the pool.

The pool, cabana, and lush gardens are incredible. I even love the placement of the sago palm trees around the pool.

 The gigantic eaves and overhang make for a fabulous shaded patio, perfect for entertaining and keeping cool on those hot San Marino summer days.

The gigantic eaves and overhang make for a fabulous shaded patio, perfect for entertaining and keeping cool on those hot San Marino summer days.

 Sited on a lot that’s nearly half an acre, in one of the city's most desirable neighborhoods, the home sits well back from the street and affords mountain, private patio or garden views from nearly every room.

Sited on a lot that’s nearly half an acre, in one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods, the home sits well back from the street and affords mountain, private patio or garden views from nearly every room.

 One can easily imagine this house being included on an architectural tour, or featured on a postcard labeled “sent from sunny California”, or used as a shooting location for a 1950’s era TV show. It’s timeless and cool, with a capital C.

One can easily imagine this house being included on an architectural tour, or featured on a postcard labeled “sent from sunny California”, or used as a shooting location for a 1950’s era TV show. It’s timeless and cool, with a capital C.

730 Chester Ave, San Marino, CA 911089

Listing Price: $2,798,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Square Feet: 3,535
Lot Size: 20,712sf
Price Per SF: $791.51
Year Built: 1955
Pool: In Ground
Air: Central
Floor: Carpet, Terrazzo, Vinyl
Parking: Carport, Oversized, Guest Parking
Fireplace: Den, Gas and Wood, Living Room, Raised Hearth, See Through, Two Way
MLS #: 214001872IT

Listing courtesy of William Podley of Podley Properties.

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

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