1884 Midlothian Drive, Altadena
Located on the most prominent street in Altadena is a stunning example of a Harold Bissner, AIA, midcentury designed estate. Conceived in 1949 and re-imagined by Stephen Slan of VIA Architects in 2007. Working with the current owners, Slan masterfully wove both designs into perfection. Combining timeless architecture with great detail and a refined use of materials.
Sited on a gated three-quarter acre parcel with the dramatic backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains this single story residence offers contemporary sophistication on a human scale, a seamless transition of the indoor/outdoor spaces simply embody the California lifestyle. The open floor plan offers vistas from and access to the patios, pool, pool pavilion and gardens from every room.
A curved wall in the entry creates formality, opening to the Great Room consisting of the living room with a stacked stone fireplace, the dining room with a Louis Poulsen Copper Artichoke chandelier and a custom walnut built-in and the library area with its soaring ceiling, wall of glass and walnut shelving. There are American walnut wide plank hardwood floors through out. The Great Room enjoys spectacular views of the gardens, pool and mountains on the horizon.
The kitchen, breakfast room and media room cabinetry is Poliform Italian lacquer. The kitchen has a 12ft island with prep sink and storage, the counter tops are Ceasar stone; the appliances are top-of-the-line Miele, Gaggeneau, Sub-Zero and Fisher & Paykel. Adjacent to the kitchen is the open breakfast room and media room.
A master bedroom suite is at the end of a wing of the house unto itself with a sumptuous master bath and dressing area, a fireplace and vistas of the gardens and pool. There are two other well-appointed bedrooms and one bath in this wing and one separate suite in the other wing.
Built in a U-shape surrounding gardens and a courtyard patio with a stacked stone fireplace, the outdoors is accessed through telescoping Fleetwood sliding glass doors from most rooms. An oval pool appears as a pond in a sea of lawn with a terraced patio above it. The pool pavilion has open-air living, dining, a full kitchen and bath. There is an original pond with a small bridge that was incorporated into the new landscaping. A 3-car garage, gated driveway and off-street parking complete the grounds.
This exceptional home offers tranquility, privacy, beauty and all of the conveniences one needs to shelter in place.
Built: 1949, Harold Bissner, AIA
Re-imagined: 2007 by Stephen Slan, VIA Architects
House size: 4035 SF measured by REST
Pool Pavilion size: 800 SF
Lot size: 32,579 SF per assessor
Offered at $3,375,000