It’s not quite Pablo Escobar’s 7,000-acre Hacienda Nápoles, but prolific composer Pedro Bromfman has bought a still-resort-worthy, $4.9 million estate in the L.A. suburb of Pasadena. Perhaps best-known for scoring the flavorful music of “Narcos,” the hit Netflix series that followed the rise of the Colombian drug cartel, the Rio de Janeiro native has long been an industry veteran, composing soundtracks for everything from major video game franchises (“Max Payne,” “Need for Speed”) to films and documentaries (“RoboCop,” “The Panama Papers”).
Situated near the famed Millionaire’s Row in Pasadena, Bromfman’s new house was built in 1938. Though not quite an ugly duckling, the structure was never particularly attractive, especially compared to some of its historic neighbors; by early this year, the place was showing its age — and not in a good way. The prim two-story traditional last sold this March for just $2.5 million to a development team that gave the premises a quick and slick modern farmhouse-style remodel. Seven months later, the house was back on the market and quickly found its new owner in Bromfman.
Inside, the 5,300-square-foot mansion is light and bright, with neutral decor and warm-toned wooden floors and accents. Immediately to the right of the entryway is the formal dining room, upgraded with delicate wainscoting and a huge bay window with views of the front yard; to the right are two convenient storage closets. Also on the ground level is a surprisingly massive den/media room with its own wet bar, a fireplace-equipped living room with French doors opening to backyard patios, and a magazine-worthy kitchen with custom honey-colored cabinetry and an ocean of designer appliances, including a separate wine refrigerator. There’s also a pantry/mudroom, guest bedroom suite, powder room, and a petite office/library with no actual bookshelves; instead, there’s wallpaper showing rows of books on bookshelves — more fitting for the modern era.
The warm-organic-modern theme continues upstairs, where long corridors connect the four bedrooms. At one end of the floor, there’s a master suite with its own private office, a walk-in closet, and spa-style bathroom slathered in blue tile. But it’s the junior master suite that’s arguably the best room in the house — though it’s got a smaller bath and closet, it makes up for it with a tremendous bank of sunny windows and French doors that open onto a private rooftop deck above the garage. There are also two additional family bedrooms, best-suited for kids, that share a single bathroom.
Outside, the pancake-flat lot spans nearly a half-acre with a crochet-ready sprawling lawn out back, plus a substantial concrete patio surrounding the dark-bottomed swimming pool. Other amenities are not limited to a built-in BBQ and bar, a firepit, covered loggias, plus backyard changing facilities with a bonus powder room.
For the moment, Bromfman and his longtime wife Daniella De Carlo continue to own their L.A. starter home, a historic estate in the increasingly trendy Eastside community of Eagle Rock.