Try to look at those original herringbone-patterned cork floors or that brick fireplace without feeling a deep urge to buy this place and turn a diamond-in-the-rough into a straight-up diamond. It's got so much potential, beginning with its location, hidden among the hilly streets of Pasadena's San Rafael section and sited on a 10,000-square-foot lot. This 1952 house (via Take Sunset) was designed by "local architect Dante De Cicco" and used as his private home, and it still has a host of its original features like "the boomerang pattern Formica in the kitchen" and "custom-built cabinetry in Birch veneer."
The three-bedroom house has one full bathroom, another three-quarter bathroom, a bonus room, beamed ceilings, a kitchen floor that appears to be in a state of renovation limbo, and an immediate need for some landscaping. On the market for the very first time, it's asking $789,000.
· 295 Glenullen Dr., Pasadena, CA 91105 [Redfin]