Been perusing the Los Angeles real estate listings for a striking post-and-beam residence with modern amenities and breathtaking views? This midcentury modern ranch home designed by noted architects Buff & Hensman definitely fits the bill. And if you have deep pockets and feel like splurging, the South Pasadena digs could be yours for $4.5 million.
Built in the early 1960s for Paul and Barbara Saltman — and known as the “Saltman Residence” — the place has been extensively restored and updated by current owners Willy and Elieen Ma of Santa Barbara County’s MiraLaguna vineyard, who paid a mere $1 million for the stylish structure over a decade ago, back in 2011.
Hidden away behind a gated driveway, on a woodsy parcel of land spanning a half-acre, the single-story house features four bedrooms and a matching number of baths in a little more than 3,300 square feet of living space punctuated throughout with Terrazzo floors, wood-beamed ceilings, clerestory windows, numerous skylights, a Sonos sound system and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass.
A wide walkway passes through an open-air entryway bolstered by brick columns, a slatted roof and koi pond before emptying out at the front door, which opens into a massive foyer. Other highlights include a step-down living room sporting a unique two-tone brick fireplace with a raised hearth, plus a kitchen decked out with custom walnut cabinetry, a Caesar stone-topped island and countertops, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, an adjoining dining area and a nearby wine refrigerator.
A light-filled hallway leads to the sizable primary suite, which comes complete with glass sliders spilling out to a patio and two closets, as well as a spa-like bath equipped with dual vanities, a large soaking tub and an open shower; elsewhere are three more bedrooms and a cozy TV room.
Particularly standing out are the grassy grounds offering up picturesque mountain vistas, along with a solar-heated pool, sunken wood deck with a fire-pit surrounded by a sundeck and a patio ideal for al fresco dining with a built-in Lynx barbecue. There’s also a three-car garage with a Tesla charging station and carport with room for an additional vehicle.