If this Pasadena residence looks familiar, you may have seen it in the Amazon series Transparent, where it portrayed the Pfefferman family abode. Then again, you might just recognize the handsome home as an excellent example of the distinctive California modernist postwar architecture produced by the firm of Buff, Straub, and Hensman.
Located at 919 La Loma Road in the San Rafael Estates, the two-story post and beam was built in 1957 as the family residence of Richard Frank, restauranteur and president of Lawry’s Foods. Measuring approximately 5,000 square feet, it was one of Buff, Straub, and Hensman’s largest residential commissions.
Along with such signature midcentury modern attributes as beamed ceilings, walls of glass, clerestory windows, and organic materials, the five-bedroom, five-bath home was endowed with high-end design features including built-in furniture and shelving by Sam Maloof, John Kapel, and other master craftsmen.
Its pastoral acre of grounds—which contain a swimming pool, multiple decks and patios, and a wide variety of mature trees—were designed by the noted landscape architecture firm of Eckbo, Dean, and Williams.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Frank House has had just a few owners, its second one being musician Beck Hansen, who purchased it from Richard Frank in 1998 for $1.275 million. Last sold in 2000 for $2 million, it’s now asking $4.995 million. Terri Miller and Monika Bruehl of Tempo Realty hold the listing.