Craftsman-designed by Louis duPuget Millar for sale in Pasadena
A distinctly British-style house was designed by Irish architect Louis duPuget Millar, whose homes often overlook the Arroyo Seco park. It was commissioned by Telephone & Telegraph Co. executive J.C. Brainard, who developed Pasadena's affluent Prospect Park neighborhood and served as Pasadena's first board president.
This is the property of Leonard Edmondson's children, including ceramist Stan Edmondson. Since the 1950s, the house has served as a community gathering place for artists, including the late painter and printmaker Leonard Edmondson.
For the first time in more than six decades, this historic "transitional Craftsman" home is being offered on the public market for the first time in over six decades, at a price of $2.5 million.
There are six bedrooms and four bathrooms within this attractive shingled and brick-accented house with 2,850 square feet of two-level living space, plus a basement — on a deep, flat parcel spanning over a quarter-acre in Northwest Pasadena's Prospect Park neighborhood, which is nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. It has been well-maintained and updated over the years, but there are still a few tweaks to make it better.
“This historically significant neighborhood is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful in the Los Angeles area,” says Peter Martocchio, who holds the listing with David Goldberg, both of Sotheby’s International Realty. “The home, as beautiful as it already is, has the potential to be a standout in the neighborhood.
Having been in the same family for 65 years, it’s very indicative of how long owners live in this neighborhood and how infrequently the homes come on the market.”
The exterior of the house is beautifully landscaped, and the front porch has a covered entryway framed by a lush lawn, and the driveway is shaded by trees and leads to the detached garage at the back of the house.
There is a large entry foyer flanked by built-in bench seating, leading to the living room with a wood-burning fireplace, with coffered ceilings and quarter-sawn oak floors, while the formal dining room has quarter-sawn oak floors and a wood-burning fireplace.
There is also a three-quarter bath in the guest suite, as well as a studio/garden room that spills onto a terrace on the main level. In the "whimsically retro" kitchen, patterned geometric tiles decorate the floor and blue-and-white cabinetry. A vintage range sits on the island, and just outside is the butler's pantry.
The curving central staircase leads upstairs to five additional bedrooms, including the master suite, which features original maple floors, French doors to a wraparound balcony, a walk-in closet, and a private bathroom. The backyard is mostly filled with numerous areas for al fresco lounging and entertaining, but there is ample room for a pool if desired.