Modernist pioneer A. Quincy Jones was a former dean at the USC School of Architecture and Fine Arts and received numerous accolades and awards throughout his lifetime. He built over 5,000 projects from 1937 until his death in 1979, including the Walter Annenberg Estate “Sunnylands” in Rancho Mirage, and worked with high-profile clients like Academy Award-winning actor Gary Cooper. Now, a Jones project is on the market in one of Pasadena’s coveted neighborhoods. Sited atop a private drive in the Linda Vista area, this midcentury residence immediately stands out with its glass facade and tapered-roof silhouette.
The 7,141-square-foot, three-bedroom property was specifically commissioned by its previous owners as an event space. Expansive, open common areas and an efficient layout make the home ideal for entertaining; the living room is ideal for socializing with a conversation-sparking indoor-outdoor koi pond and floor-to-ceiling firepit. While most of the house remains a blank slate, a powder room outfitted with sports-themed wallpaper adds a pop of color to the otherwise minimal interiors. The caterer-friendly kitchen (with commercial refrigerator) overlooks the San Gabriel Mountains and includes an island with seating for three and breakfast area.
The one-of-a-kind property integrates natural elements and creates a seamless transition to the surrounding outdoors with soaring ceilings and glass walls, open-air courtyards, atrium, Zenlike gardens, and a Luis Barragán-inspired waterfall feature. “My favorite room in the house is the atrium,” says Gus Ruelas of The Agency, who co-holds the listing. “The super-high ceilings and walls of glass create a spectacular sense of space and volume.”
YEAR BUILT: 1973
LOT: 1.27 acres
AMENITIES: Special features include double-height ceilings and glass walls, open-air courtyards, atrium, Zenlike gardens, and a Luis Barragán-inspired waterfall.
WHAT SETS IT APART: Los Angeles–based architect A. Quincy Jones was commissioned to create the architectural trophy property, specifically designing the soaring ceilings and expansive interior spaces with entertaining in mind.
INQUIRIES: $6.8 million; Gus Ruelas and Tim Durkovic