There’s glitz and glamour aplenty at this 1973 Pasadena property, designed by architect A Quincy Jones as a party house for a philanthropist couple.
Lumber heiress Adelaide and Alexander Hixon hosted fundraisers, events and parties at 1100 Paso Alto Road, though they actually lived next door on the estate’s main house, designed by Thornton Ladd in the 1950s. While Ladd’s design was more ‘domestic’ in scale, Jones was tasked with creating a 6,500 sq ft entertaining space to accommodate hundreds of guests and wow donors with its architecture and scale.
His eye-catching glass and metal design did just that.
From the exterior, the building’s facade is faintly reminiscent of a grand piano. The interiors, meanwhile, are arranged around several open-air courtyards and zen gardens, including an indoor-outdoor koi pond, peek and a Luis Barragán-inspired waterfall.
A soaring double-height living room with a floating fireplace is at the centre of the three-bedroom Los Angeles house but the real show-stopper is arguably the dining room, which boasts views of the Rose Bowl and San Gabriel Mountains from beyond its floor-to-ceiling windows.
Gus Ruelas of The Agency and Tim Durkovic of Douglas Elliman hold the listing for the Pasadena property, which is asking for $6.8m.