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Dreamy midcentury Altadena compound asking $1.6M

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The half-acre property includes a Japanese tea house-inspired guest unit, an art studio, and a swimming pool

The three-bedroom ranch house is only the beginning.
Photos by Suzy Poling, courtesy of Jessie Thurston and Rosemery Portillo/Compass

Now up for grabs in the bucolic hills of Altadena is a highly covetable compound spread out over half an acre. Located just south of Rubio Canyon on land that was once part of the historic Mount Lowe Railway, the property was built in 1950 and contains an eclectic array of structures.

The compound’s main residence is a midcentury ranch with a U-shaped plan. At 1,656 square feet, it’s got three bedrooms and two bathrooms, one with classic pink tile and matching tub. Other notable features include a double-sided fireplace, hardwood floors, picture windows, and built-in hutches.

Next door to the main house is a 200-square-foot studio. Lined with windows and equipped with a kitchenette and wall-mounted AC, it’s well-suited as an art studio or office space.

A pavestone path leads to a charming two-story guest house. Built to resemble a Japanese tea house, it’s got one bedroom, one bath, an open plan kitchen/living room, and a spacious lower-level studio. Features include beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, sliding glass doors, and two balcony decks from which to enjoy beautiful mountain views.

Last but not least, there’s also an inviting swimming pool complemented by a shady cabana—complete with changing rooms.

1081 Alta Pine Drive is listed with Jessie Thurston and Rosemery Portillo of Compass at an asking price of $1.599 million. An open house is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The main residence is a midcentury ranch measuring 1,656 square feet. Features include hardwood floors and a double-sided fireplace.
The sunny kitchen has cork floors, quartz countertops, and a vintage stove.
The U-shaped home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The Japanese tea house-inspired guest unit.
The two-story guest house features one bedroom, one bath, an open-plan living room/kitchen, beamed ceilings, wide-plank hardwood floors, and walls of glass.