Pasadena, California is known for a myriad of things: the famous Tournament of Roses, the Rose Bowl (and with it, one of the top flea markets in the country), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a flock of wild parrots, and our favorite on the list, historic homes in nearly every architectural style. On the same block, you might find a stately Tudor, a Spanish Colonial bungalow, and a French Revival estate that looks as though it’s been plucked from the rolling hills of Provence.
3 Lida Lane is located at the top of a private drive in Pasadena’s exclusive Linda Vista neighborhood. Originally designed by architect Floyd Mueller as his personal residence, the Post and Beam celebrates the ease of California living. Walls of glass throughout the home bring the outdoors in, cultivating a feeling of sleeping in the oak trees that dot the property. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliders open to the wraparound balcony, serving as the perfect poolside perch to enjoy coffee, a glass of wine, or simply admire how the clean architectural lines intersect with the natural foliage.
Over the years, thoughtful updates have been made to the home without disrespecting the original vision—currently, Japanese woodwork, screens, and lighting are a nod to the Japanese architectural influence on Pasadena and the inherent serenity of the home’s design.
The property has been published several times over the years, earning its first spread in the 1951 issue of Arts and Architecture magazine. It has only changed hands a couple of times, which makes the fact it’s on the market now an exciting opportunity for design lovers. It’s listed by Backbeat Homes, a versatile boutique brokerage that’s backed by decades of experience—the small-but-mighty team has found success in every type of market condition. While Bravo and Netflix have certainly provided an entertaining look at the Southern California real estate market, Backbeat Homes brings a grounded approach to the industry. Their nimble team seeks out properties and buyers that fit with their ethos—they’re not beholden to corporate profits; instead striving for a genuine experience.
In addition to listing 3 Lida Lane, the firm is offering the opportunity to purchase the property above the historic house, ensuring additional long-term privacy and a charming one bedroom/one bath bungalow that would make a gorgeous guest house.
Learn more + see the listing here.