The 1947 home was originally designed by the father-and-son team Kemper Nomland and Kemper Nomland Jr. for the Case Study House program sponsored by Arts & Architecture Magazine. It’s sited on a gentle slope in the San Rafael Hills and features a main residence, a one-bedroom guesthouse with bath and kitchenette, a refurbished pool, a workshop, and an attached two-car garage.
Shortly after purchasing the property the current owners hired Design Vidal to remove the horrors of a series of unfortunate upgrades and restore the residence’s architectural significance.
According to the principal of the design firm, Guy Vidal, the renovation consisted of:
- Bringing the eighties bathrooms “either 30 years backward or 30 years forward.”
- Opening up the kitchen into the family room (which was added in the sixties) to create “a much bigger kitchen than the architect originally called for” but at the expense of the addition rather than the original kitchen.
- Restoring the cement floors and aluminum windows.
- Stripping the paint and restoring the original stain on the tongue-and-groove ceiling.
- Integrating the seventies-era pool and guesthouse; “EG: the coping and deck around the pool will be poured cement similar to the one inside the house.”
- Taking out “the 2 HUGE and ugly AC package units from the roof” and restoring the roof profile.
They did such a spectacular job the current owners received the City of Pasadena 2015 Historic Preservation Award, as well as Pasadena’s Historic Preservation Commission’s 2015 Reconstruction Award.
This home last sold as a fixer in 2012 for $1,599,000. Thoroughly renovated it’s now asking $2,990,000.
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Listing courtesy of Cynthia & Lauren Luczyski – Deasy Penner