This eye-catching residence in the hills of southwest Pasadena is an architecture aficonado’s dream, especially one who loves the modernist school of design. Originally crafted by USC-trained architect Lyman Ennis in 1964, the iconic post-and-beam-style home is one of 30 notable structures that emerged on the scene in the Poppy Peak Historic District from the 1930s to ’60s, designed by the vaunted likes of Buff, Straub & Hensman, Richard Neutra, James Pulliam and Kenneth Nishimoto, among other lauded draftsmen, and it’s now up for grabs with a $1.8 million price tag.
Found in a secluded hillside setting bordering the neighborhoods of Eagle Rock and Highland Park — within a community named for the surrounding 991-foot-high mountain and golden poppies that once grew wild in the area — the stucco-clad midcentury modern offers up some pretty impressive treetop and mountain views.
The street-to-street lot boasts two vehicular access points — one in the rear, where there’s a discreet two-car garage, and the other around front, welcoming guests via steps that lead to a brick patio accented by concrete planters and a large mustard-hued door sporting a vintage brass knob. Once inside, 1,915 square feet of living space is highlighted by pitched ceilings, walls of glass, warm wood accents, ceramic tile, hardwood flooring and bamboo-encased storage consoles throughout.
But the centerpiece is a spacious living room spotlighted by a floor-to-ceiling fireplace encased in brick, along with wood-paneled accent walls and a sliding glass door opening to a deck spanning the home’s entire length. There’s also a kitchen with all-white appliances, glass-fronted cabinetry and a small center island, separated from the dining area by a bar; and the sleeping quarters consist of a primary suite with a walk-in closet, along with a guest bedroom and a wet bar-equipped in-law suite with indoor/outdoor entryways.
Outdoors, the heavily wooded lot hosts a pool, along with a wealth of native and imported species of plants brought in by noted horticulturist and conservationist Theodore Payne and landscape architect Garrett Eckbo.
Sherri Rogers of Compass serves as the listing agent.