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Lovely 1920s villa by Paul R. Williams in the Pasadena hills asking $2.2M

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Laden with incredible vintage details

Courtesy of Tom Barseghian

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.