LATE MODERN SOUTH PASADENA HILLSIDE VIEW HOME
The architect’s own late modern 5-level, dramatic hillside home, located in the hills of South Pasadena with extraordinary views and abundant original architectural details. Open floor plan, cathedral ceilings, iconic period details include mono-pitch shed style roofs with diagonal redwood siding and windows with pipe chimneys and original color palette of monochromatic earth tones. Dynamic interior spaces with sculptural walls and ceilings; saltillo tile floors; floating staircase spanning 4 floors; stained glass entry by Judson Studios; original light fixtures inside and out; solarium with stunning mountain and city views; brass rail accents; vintage sunken periwinkle tub in primary bath with matching sinks and original artisan tile; smoked mirrors throughout; several outdoor and covered decks. Flexible floor plan affords many different uses of the abundant spaces. Additions and renovations designed and undertaken by Harold J. Bissner, Jr. himself, including his architectural office and a Japanese-inspired penthouse sunroom with covered deck, Kawara-type roof tiles, and wood latticework.
Notable works by Harold Bissner, Jr. include the the Vard Wallace House, also known as the Volcano House (1970, Newberry Springs, CA), formerly owned by Huell Howser; the Sechler House (1954, Pasadena, CA); the experimental Casa Azulejo house (Pasadena, CA, 1966), as well as many commercial projects, that took Bissner to multiple continents. With partner John Nyberg, Bissner designed the iconic Van De Kamp’s restaurants, with folded plate roofs and their signature windmill towers. Bissner Jr.s work has been featured in Arts & Architecture, Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, and Sunset Magazine, among many other publications.
We worked with our client to get the property looking its best, coordinating repairs, decluttering, painting, and staging the property –using a mix of our client’s own pieces combined with our own staging pieces we brought in to make the space look its best. We arranged for pre-inspection reports so interested buyers would know everything about the house before their own inspections. We even coordinated packing, storage and moving. Our marketing efforts resulted in features in various print and online publications including Los Angeles Times Hot Property. Our very happy, client said goodbye to her lovely home feeling appreciative and thankful, exclaiming to us, “Best real estate agents ever!”