Located in the San Rafael Hills, Pasadena’s Alta San Rafael housing tract was developed from 1924 to 1930 by renowned landscape architecture firm Olmsted Brothers.
An early example of a planned community with design restrictions intended to preserve the neighborhood’s overall architectural character, Alta San Rafael’s homes were built in the Spanish/Mediterranean Revival style by such illustrious architects as Roland Coate, Myron Hunt, Wallace Neff, Gordon Kaufmann, Reginald Johnson, and Paul R. Williams, who designed this elegant villa as a spec house for the development in 1929.
Measuring 5,392 square feet, per its listing, the three-story residence has three bedrooms, three baths, a step-down living room, a formal dining room, and an office, along with private servant’s/guest quarters containing its own living room, bedroom, den, kitchenette, and bath.
The home is also blessed with a bounty of swoon-worthy original features, including coffered ceilings, hardwood floors, wrought-iron grilles, stained glass, French doors, ornate woodwork, and colorful ceramic tile.
Last sold in 2007 for $1.62 million, the .7-acre hillside property is now listed with the extremely specific asking price of $2,188,888, while HOA dues are an even $400 per month.
- 150 Fern Drive [Official site]