Built well over a century ago — way back in 1914, during the days of Woodrow Wilson’s presidency, per tax records — this stately and stylish mansion is quintessentially Pasadena, a suburban L.A. town full of architectural treasures. No matter if you’re a fan of a good midcentury modern, fancy a storybook Tudor, or prefer colorful Craftsmans and red brick Colonial Revivals, Pasadena has a little something for everyone. The listing describes this particular property as an “English Arts and Crafts gated estate,” which it is, though the place has quite clearly undergone a thorough modernization in recent years.
Designed by noted architect Reginald Davis Johnson, the house is also sited in one of Pasadena’s most coveted neighborhood pockets, on a quiet side street just a quick jog from the uber-posh Langham hotel. Those attributes were sufficient to woo hotshot Hollywood director/writer Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the upcoming Robert Pattinson-starring “The Batman”) and his longtime wife Melinda Wang, who have just spent $5.5 million for the property. (Though still a hefty sum by almost any standard, that sale price actually represents a big discount off the original $6.4 million ask.)
Sited on a high knoll well above the street, the house is surrounded by gates and a jungle-like collection of hedges. A long driveway leads past a grassy island with a stone fountain on its way to the mansion, which lies almost at the very rear of the half-acre lot. The pitched-roof structure includes two full floors of living space, plus finished attic and basement levels. There’s also a detached two car garage with loft-like upstairs guest quarters; all told, the estate has six bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two powder rooms in about 6,000 square feet of living space.