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Dazzling midcentury in Pasadena’s Poppy Peak district asks $2.1M

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The 1950s home was designed by architectural firm Buff, Straub, and Hensman

A two-story house surrounded by trees. It is painted green, with a red brick chimney and a large deck that extends from the upper level
The two-story home is tucked into the hillside on Pasadena’s Poppy Peak Drive.
Photos by Pierre Galant, courtesy Cynthia Luczysk,i Lauren Luczyski/Deasy Penner Podley

Tucked into a tree-filled lot on architecture-rich Poppy Peak Drive, this Pasadena home was designed in 1957 by prolific architectural firm Buff, Straub, and Hensman.

It’s a prime example of the firm’s modernist style, with a simple post-and-beam structure that frames spacious and open interiors. A downstairs living room flows into a dining area and kitchen, with walls of glass and a double-height ceiling filling the space with natural light.

The 1,887-square-foot home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, with beamed ceilings, towering windows, and sliding paper screens found throughout the house. A sturdy brick fireplace can be found in the living room and glass doors open out to a large patio with room for outdoor dining.

The house sits on a verdant 7,882-square-foot lot accessed from the upper level carport. A second-story deck provides views through the surrounding trees, extending across the San Rafael Hills.

Located at 1695 Poppy Peak Drive, the house was formerly owned by Mad Men producer Scott Hornbacher and sold in 2018 for just over $2 million. It’s now listed for $2.125 million.

A black armchair in front of a red brick fireplace, with a long dinner table in the background
The living room opens into a dining area with a double-height ceiling
A long counter with bench seating and a sink at the far end. On the left wall is a refrigerator, a stove, and a microwave oven
The updated kitchen is illuminated by walls of glass.
A room with pale green wooden walls, furnished with a large bed and a small dresser
The master bedroom has beamed ceilings and an en-suite bathroom.
A hallway with white walls; at the end is a room with a desk and chair.
The upper level halls look down into the kitchen and dining area below.