Though John Andre Gougeon is probably most remembered for designing innovative buildings like the Pasadena Presbyterian Church and Downey Cadillac dealership, the Buff, Straub & Hensman-trained architect also crafted some equally unique Southern California residences. One of these modernist gems just popped up for sale on the suburban outskirts of Los Angeles, in the quaint city of Sierra Madre, asking just under $4.5 million.
Tucked away down a curving gated driveway, on a nearly 3-acre hillside parcel that’s described in the listing as “one of the most exceptional view lots in the San Gabriel Valley,” the visually arresting structure was built in the mid-1970s and last sold for $2.2 million 13 years ago, back in spring 2010.
Five bedrooms and an equal number of baths are spread across almost 6,800 square feet of two-level living space adorned throughout with a wealth of wood and stone accents, tile floors, beamed ceilings, copious built-ins and a particularly arresting staircase. Floor-to-ceiling walls of glass also provide sweeping valley, mountain and city lights vistas.
Especially standing out is a sunken fireside family room with built-in seating, plus a spacious kitchen outfitted with an eat-in island and a walk-in pantry. Other highlights include a wet bar-equipped dining room and an office, as well as a wine cellar and steam/sauna room sporting a jetted tub.
The master retreat comes complete with dual closets, and a luxe bath containing dual vanities, a snazzy soaking tub and glassy shower; and outdoors, the woodsy grounds host a sprawling lawn that flows to an inviting pool surrounded by a sundeck, as well as numerous patios and balconies ideally suited for al fresco lounging and entertaining. There’s also a detached carport with parking for up to four vehicles; and if you want to check it all out for yourself, there’s an open house this weekend!
The listing is held by Sarah Rogers and Ashleigh Rader of The Agency.