Former South Pasadena Mayor Puts Stamp On Huntington Library Listing

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Pasadena buyers take note! There is a mid-century modern gem in our midst and it won’t be on the market long. Former South Pasadena Mayor, Odom Stamps, is making his mark in the Huntington Library neighborhood.

The current President and business manager of architecture firm, Stamps & Stamps, teamed up with interior designer, Sarah McKay of Colab House, to bring you a one-of-a-kind offering you have to see to believe. And we have the scoop! Let’s take a peek around and see how it stacks up in our latest “What Can I Get?”

This Pasadena Prize Is A 1956 Theodore Pletsch-Original

First, the property is a 1956 Theodore Pletsch-original. Pletsch is widely regarded for building what is today known as San Marino. He built hundreds of homes in diverse architectural styles all over Pasadena as well. These works of art typically sit on Lombardy, Rosalind, Orlando, Virginia, and Oak Grove, to name a few.

In fact, per SanMarinoHeritage.org, “He built over 1,300 buildings in total, mostly in the San Gabriel Valley. He designed homes, storefronts, office buildings, the San Marino Tribune building, and a mausoleum in Brea.”

Pletsch once said, “I only design what the customer wants. I’m no Frank Lloyd Wright – never wanted to be. It’s been so much fun, I’ve never worked a day in my life.”

Stamps And McKay Give 1720 Lombardy Modern Edge

Today, Stamps and McKay carry on the tradition of pleasing the client by giving 1720 Lombardy a modern edge. The six-bedroom, eight-bathroom, mid-century modern rests peacefully on a gorgeous private lot spanning 25,000 square feet. It boasts what the listing calls a “landscape and hardscape design inspired by traditional Hollywood Regency glamour.” 

And we can’t get enough! From giant cypress, to delicate olive trees flanking the pool, its reminiscent of the South of France.

The Pasadena Retreat Has A Sparkling Pool, Spa, And Guest Suite

Second, the home affords a steel gated entrance for maximum privacy. Here, a towering 10-foot glass pivot door welcomes you home. And the upgrades don’t stop there.

The 7,400-square-foot stunner comes complete with a guest suite, cabana, and sparkling pool and spa. There is also a detached studio-garage, plus an outdoor barbecue, and circular driveway with parking for up to 10 cars. You’ll have everything you need to live, work, and play, without ever leaving home.

Expanded, Lifted, And Meticulously Outfitted For Modern-Day

Of course, the real show is what lies inside. The goal for Stamps and McKay was to expand and lift the mid-century modern footprint. They did just that, to show-stopping effect!

This creates a light and airy feel that is more California modern than its predecessor. However, it still pays homage to the original design.

A Pasadena Paradise Worth Owning

Even better, the property offers an array of high-end designer touches throughout. Think white oak, plaster, limestone, and travertine. This is one of the finest examples tonal design. And the masterful use of organic materials is the cherry on top. The warm and inviting palette feels both fresh and calming – something we could all use right about now.

Lastly, what is your favorite aspect of this Pasadena prize? Be sure to share with us in the comments.

Michele Downing of Compass, and Aaron Kirman and Holland Ashrafnia of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass, have listed 1720 Lombardy Road, Pasadena, California for $8.958 million.