Flash back a year ago, and Christian Karlsson had just purchased this midcentury modern gem in the San Gabriel Valley’s historic Pasadena neighborhood for nearly $2.4 million via a bidding war. Now the Swedish record producer, DJ and songwriter has decided to return the timeless John Galbraith-designed home to the market, this time with a $3.4 million ask; and it’s only the second time the glam redwood-clad residence has sold since 1963, when it traded hands for well under $150,000.
Karlsson — who goes by the stage name Bloodshy — makes up half of the famed Bloodshy & Avant pop music duo that has co-produced and written tunes for the likes of Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry and Kylie Minogue. But the team, which also includes fellow Swede Pontus “Avant” Winnberg, is probably best-known for co-writing and producing singles for Britney Spears during the arguable height of her career, including “Piece of Me,” “Radar,” “Freakshow,” and most notably “Toxic,” which garnered the pair a Grammy for “Best Dance Recording” in 2005.
Resting on a 1.5-acre parcel of land in a semi-remote gated community in the northeast corner of Pasadena — and tucked securely up a lengthy driveway — the flat-roofed house was built in 1953, yet still retains its up-to-the-minute charm courtesy of a skillful restoration. Inside, the three-bedroom, four-bath structure contains almost 4,000 square feet of stylish living space on a single level rife with walls of glass and seamless indoor/outdoor environs.
A stone-floored entryway opens into a spacious living/dining area adorned with polished concrete flooring, a redwood art wall, full wet bar and striking double-sided fireplace sporting floating hearths. The retro-esque kitchen, meanwhile, has been updated with stainless appliances, new countertops and lighting, and has a breakfast bar, revived original mahogany cabinetry and a restored custom hood. From there, a hallway leads to a trio of bedrooms, which includes a primary suite outfitted with a built-in desk, fireplace and newly redesigned bath; and the house also holds a den and two half-baths.
As for the grounds, expect a concrete patio that abuts a sizable pool, along with breathtaking city lights views of the San Gabriel Valley. Not to be left out: a detached flex space that could be easily converted into an office, game room or maybe a music studio, plus an oversized two-car garage.
Records reveal that Karlsson, who is also known for his work with the musical groups Miike Snow, Ingrid and Galantis, is a bit of a midcentury real estate investor — he recently went to market with a second MCM home he owned, this one located in a different pocket of Pasadena. That slightly smaller property sold in early April for $3.5 million, netting the musical Swede a nifty profit.