60's Modernism in Alhambra

60's Modernism in Alhambra

Gregory Han
Sep 1, 2009

Apartment Therapy reader Sean wrote us about this Whitney Smith designed home sitting ontop of hill in Alhambra which he admires:

I recently got to peek inside this unbelievable MidCentury home with the quintessential glass box design, a home whose charm is equally about the view outside from within as the interior features. High ceilings, the hilltop location and the walls of glass, I was in love and thought I'd send some photos from online...

As much as I loved this home, it's priced out of my budget. But I thought some AT readers out there might enjoy taking a virtual open house tour and ooh and ahh like I did when I toured the home. Perhaps someone will be able to move in themselves and provide a future house tour! I've included the description of the home from the real estate flier:

The residence is sited on a cul-de-sac off of a private road. The front of the residence is sheathed in a slatted wood fence that allows for more privacy, not that you need any. Walls of glass flood the interior with light, and the sliding glass doors erase the barrier between indoors and out. The step-down living room sits on radiant concrete flooring and is a generous, sun-filled space. The bedrooms are sequestered to the north wing. All of the bedrooms have floor to ceiling cabinets that provide ample storage. The master suite has floating cabinets that give way to a bank of smaller closets which lead you to the master bath.

The pool area allows uninterrupted views of the San Gabriel mountains and the city to the east. The kitchen window gives you views of downtown, and on a clear day, beyond. This kitchen houses top of the line appliances. The zebra wood cabinets and orange subway tile suggest a nod to the stylings of Buff and Hensman. Original cork flooring is used in the kitchen and dining areas. Yes, original cork flooring.

The original garage has been remodeled in to an office/den/family room. A very warm, ample space from which to enjoy the vistas beyond the pool area. A guest house was added in the 1980s that perfectly mirrors the style of the main residence. It has a bedroom and a bath, along with kitchenette. All additions have been painstakingly documented and permitted.

The landscaping which includes two koi ponds is tastefully done, not so much in an Eckbo way, but pleasing to all of the senses. There is also a completely redone pool, spa and surrounding concrete pad.

(Image: 3111glenridge.com)

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