Located 10 miles from Downtown L.A., South Pasadena is just minutes from the hustle and bustle, but retains a small town feel with its mom and pop shops and primary city pastime of float-building for the nearby Tournament of Roses Parade that happens every New Year's day. Locals enjoy the popular Farmer’s Market in the historic Mission-West District, attending concerts at Garfield Park, dining at Crossings, shopping for eclectic finds at House of Honey, and hiking in the Arroyo Seco. Historical spots include the Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain and downtown’s Spanish Baroque and Egyptian-style Rialto Theater. Fun fact: The streets of South Pas are lined with native California trees and since there are virtually no palm trees or Spanish Colonial homes in parts of the city, the neighborhood often stands in for the Midwest or Northeast in film and TV.
By Julie Lasky James Allen Walter, a California architect, designed this house for Geoffrey and Doreen Siodmak, a couple who moved in when South Pasadena was “just goats grazing and some avocado trees growing,” as Ms. Siodmak later described it to a historian. The home is being sold by its second owners, following a respectful... Keep reading →
By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo Designed by James Allen Walter, this timeless Mid-Century gem is one of only 32 homes in California by the coveted architect. Set in a quiet cul-de-sac on a large, private lot with mountain views, 2050 La Fremontia Street, also known as the Siodmak House, was designed in 1967 by California Mid-Century... Keep reading →
By Neal J. Leitereg Unassuming from the street, this Mid-Century Modern home leaves little to the imagination inside with an atrium entry and two glass-walled wings that look onto a large outdoor deck. Recently renovated, the post-and-beam residence is one of only 32 homes designed by architect James Allen Walter. Location: 2050 La Fremontia St., South... Keep reading →
By Elijah Chiland This unconventional post-and-beam residence in South Pasadena is fresh off of a thorough renovation and looking for its third-ever owner. The house was built in 1967 by exacting architect James Allen Walter, who experimented with a host of offbeat design techniques in the 32 homes he designed in California. This one has a U-shaped floor... Keep reading →
By Bianca Barragan South Pasadena’s windy streets and hills hold a trove of adorable residences, including this “impeccable” 1933 Spanish-style home. Pass through the lovely, tiled entryway, and find beamed ceilings, built-in niches, hardwood floors, and French doors throughout. The house holds two bathrooms and three ample bedrooms. The master bedroom features its own connection... Keep reading →