Property Crush

Look Inside: This Mid-Century Pasadena Townhouse Sure Is a Stunner

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  • 395 Cliff Drive, Unit 105 
  • Located in Pasadena, California        
  • $675,000
  • 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms

Things we love about this property crush:

Remember when “Mad Men”‘s Don Draper moved out to California? This is where we imagine he might live. The two-story, two-bedroom townhouse is in a posh Pasadena complex with just 10 units. Be prepared to become friends with your neighbors—especially because the properties surround a center courtyard with a sparkly shared swimming pool.

The duplex offers over 1,500 square feet of space with over 200 square feet of patios. The mid-century modern details begin at the front entrance, which is flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows and a George Nelson-style bubble lamp. Off the foyer you’ll find the custom bar—how convenient for being greeted at the door with a cocktail! Or take your martini to the dining space, perfectly sized for a tulip table and matching chairs here.

Now, move to the living room, built with a custom wood ceiling, shelving, custom window treatments, and floor-to-ceiling windows that open directly to a patio—essential for enjoying perfect California weather. Pop open the door and this is a fine place to entertain. The kitchen has blonde wood cabinetry, sleek new stainless steel appliances, and black accents. There’s also a big window above the sink.

A carpet-covered staircase leads you to the upper level. There’s space underneath for a couple of chairs and a table—or it would look fab as an indoor garden with a collection of plants.

The large master bedroom has plenty of space for a king bed and a seating area. One wall features a large closet with wooden doors, and another wall has a sliding glass door that leads to another private patio space with mountain views.

A second bedroom also has patio access (which equals loads of natural light). This floor also has a large updated bathroom with a walk-in shower and sleek tiling. Plus, more of those views.

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