The announcement that Meryl Streep and her husband just bought a $3.6 million estate atop the rim of the Arroyo capped a year of Pasadena home purchases by high-profile movie and television actresses.
The five, each of whom selected mid-century modern-styled homes with gorgeous views of the local mountains, were likely swayed by the relatively reasonable pricing of larger secluded properties here, the stunning views, their yearning for privacy and Pasadena’s respectful culture, local real estate experts said.
The year started with Mandy Moore’s $2.6 million Pasadena. Moore was since joined in selecting Pasadena by Rachel Bilson, Summer Bishil (who was born here and is, one could say, simply returning), Kristen Wiig, and just this month, Meryl Streep. Lot of it has to do with both pricing and more privacy.
As we know, many beautiful Pasadena estates designed by world-famous architects and sitting on large plots of land can be bought in Pasadena for only 50 to 75 percent of what similar property costs on the west side.
Also during the past month, Summer Bishil, of “The Magicians,” bought a mid-century modern home in Pasadena for $1.8 million. The house, built in 1952, has glass walls that open to the canyon, mountain, and city views of Pasadena, and features include a living room fireplace with a circular opening. The 2,000-square-foot house, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, sits on a half-acre of land and has been updated with elegant finishes and high-end materials. The courtyard outside features a pond and waterfall, with a swimming pool back below the house.
Rachel Bilson, who rose to fame on the hit series “The O.C.” and later appeared on “Hart of Dixie” and “Nashville,” bought her new dream home in October — a $3.25 million stylish six-bed, four-bath home in the Linda Vista area.
The mid-century modern masterpiece, built in 1950, was designed by Gregory Ain, and is known as the “Ralph’s House.” The 3,678-square-foot single-level property maintains most of its original design: floor-to-ceiling windows provide streaming natural light, refurbished wood floors, and a spacious living room with a fireplace and built-in bookshelves. Including a resort-style backyard, an outdoor landscape designed with rolling gardens with stunning views of the canyons and mountaintops above Pasadena, the entire property measures 35,844 square feet.
Seems the privacy element isn’t the only thing the celebrities are looking for — the character of the people who live here has as much to do with their attraction to Pasadena as anything else.
We first saw this news in Pasadena Now and this article turned to that for major points.
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