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Highly original ’60s modern with pool in Eagle Rock asking $1.2M

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Designed by USC-trained architect John L. Pugsley

The three-bedroom post-and-beam was designed by John L. Pugsley in 1968.
Photos by Neue Focus, courtesy of Coleman Laffoon/Compass

This off-market listing in Eagle Rock is highly original, both in the “unique” and “very little has been changed” sense of the term. Perched on a knoll overlooking Occidental College, the three-bedroom, three-bath residence was completed in 1968 by John L. Pugsley.

The USC-trained architect made something of a specialty out of designing homes on sloping lots, with projects sprinkled throughout the hills of Pasadena, Mount Washington, and Montecito Heights.

Along with quintessential midcentury modern elements such as beamed ceilings and walls of glass and stone, the 2,048-square-foot residence was endowed with an array of decorative features that make it stand out. Distinctive details include patterned entry gates, elaborately carved wood paneling, and gorgeous speckled-green terrazzo tile.

Outside, there are numerous decks, a covered dining patio, a swimming pool with changing room, a two-car garage, and a rambling hillside garden.

Per the listing, “the home needs TLC but because most details are original, it could be brought back into a showpiece home for the most discerning owner.” Asking price is $1.199 million.

The dramatic entry, with patterned gates and dazzling green terrazzo tiles.
Organic materials and sliding glass walls emphasize a connection to nature.
Glass doors open from the kitchen to a wrap-around deck.
An elaborately carved wood panel separates the entry from the dining area.
There are decks on two sides of the master bedroom.
The covered dining patio
Past the pool is a two-car garage and hillside garden.