James Walter was an architect who once quipped, “Architecture is a form of telling stories.” Walter told his stories with a legacy of 32 unique residences throughout California. An exceptional example of this visionary architect is located in South Pasadena at 2050 La Fremontia Street. The home was originally built for Doreen and Geoffrey Siodmak – and stands today as an upgraded and thoroughly modern monument to the architect.
The home is nestled among majestic and stately trees at the apex of the cul-de-sac which terminates La Fremontia Street. At first sight, one is struck by the symmetry of the structure from the street, this forward looking design was executed in 1967 and remains timeless even after 50 years.
Truly embracing the indoor / outdoor lifestyle of Southern California, 2050 La Fremontia Street welcomes visitors into the home via an exposed courtyard entrance. The design incorporates a “U shaped” configuration that reveals a large central courtyard which separates the 2 wings of the building.
Listing agent Jennifer Parker-Stanton with deasy penner podley noted, “The home was sited so well by the architect. It faces North with the u-shaped home surrounding the deck and yard that faces South. The setting is absolute perfection and the glass frames views of green from every window.”
The fact that both wings are finished in floor to ceiling glass gives an openness and transparency to the entire living space – both internal and external.
The home contains 2,252 square feet of living space and is well situated on a large 24,045 square foot lot. There are 4 bedrooms arranged in a linear fashion with 2 bathrooms.
The kitchen, dining, and living spaces encompass an entire other wing of the house – to separate the “social” portion of the house from the sleeping quarters.
The fits and finishes, while retaining the sensibilities of a Modern home of the late-60’s era, have also been brought into the 2020’s with tasteful upgrades. Even the garage interior is a work of art with incredible attention to detail.
Owing to the enormous lot – the outdoor spaces are generous both in the interior courtyards and the outdoor spaces on the perimeter of the structure.
Jennifer Parker-Stanton noted that, “The perfect buyer is someone who will love and respect the architecture and setting of this remarkable home and love living there as well as preserving this historic architecture into the future.”
This remarkable home will be open for viewing on February 1st and 2nd, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Other showings are by appointment only.
Ms. Parker-Stanton summed up the property as follows, “The home is impeccably restored. The key features would be the original architecture, the post and beam construction, the open floor plan kitchen/dining/living room, the walls of glass, the sliding doors resembling shoji screens for the closets and bedrooms, the remodeled kitchen with its 12′ soapstone island, the quiet setting, and South Pasadena itself. What can’t be found these days is the style of construction – glass to nearly the floor, wood frame post and beam, and all the amazing details that make this home so special.”