For those seeking the ultimate refuge from an upcoming zombie apocalypse, few places in Southern California compare to this one-of-a-kind Glendora mansion. Located in L.A.’s San Gabriel Valley, in the quiet bedroom community of Glendora, the modern house is perched atop a tall mountain, thousands of feet above the city below. And it’s on a 33-acre parcel of land, meaning the nearest neighbors aren’t within sugar-borrowing distance — you’ll actually be commuting to get to them.
But inarguably the best part of the property are its astonishing jetliner views. On a clear day, nearly the entirety of the greater SoCal basin is visible, from snowcapped Mount Baldy and the Inland Empire to the fireworks at Disneyland and Newport Harbor, to the Downtown L.A. skyline and beyond to Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean.
Stashed away behind not one but two security gates — it’s in a gated community within another gated community — the property is bordered by open wilderness land, the Angeles National Forest and the historic Bluebird Ranch Mountain Preserve, a one-time haven for Hollywood’s silent movie stars like Charlie Chaplin. The late ’80s modernist residence was originally crafted and engineered by the California architecture firm AC Martin Partners.
Completed in 1990, the one-of-a-kind synthetic stucco behemoth features 5,000-plus square feet of living space on split levels encompassing four bedrooms and three baths. Sustainability is also at the forefront, and the place is complete with solar panels and a passive solar design that employs skylights and walls of glass to minimize energy use. A “living roof” — with 18 inches of earth and grassy plantings atop the bunker-like home’s ceilings — also helps keep the house comfortable year-round and is ideal spot for a real rooftop garden.