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$1.65M Buys a Late SoCal Architect's Breezy, Park-Like Estate

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Location: Pasadena, California
Price: $1,650,000
Prolific early 20th-century SoCal architect Garrett Van Pelt, Jr. built this 2,593-square-foot modernist residence for himself in 1946, combining influences from Mexican colonial architecture with the lush California garden. More recently, the home's airy interiors, with 12-foot-ceilings and striking picture frame windows, has managed to get in the limelight a bit: it was Julianne Moore's house in A Single Man (2009), the directorial debut of fashion designer Tom Ford and has appeared in ads for Tiffany's, Vera Bradley, West Elm, to name a few. Now on the market for $1.65M, the gated property offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a small stone guest house on its park-like grounds.

The home embraces an open-plan arrangement that's also connected to the outdoors. A large living room with a fireplace opens up to a long dining room, which has French doors that lead out to a patio. A grand parlor, currently furnished with gilded European decor, features large steel-encased windows and a glass door to the surrounding landscaping, which includes fountains, koi ponds, and a rose garden.

· The Van Pelt Residence [Architecture for Sale]