Nestled peacefully away from the hustle and activity that permeates so much of Los Angeles sits this peaceful Pasadena estate on over an acre of flat land featuring panoramic views over the Rose Bowl and beyond. This tranquil property has provided privacy for beloved Southern California television personality Dallas Raines and his family from the day it was built and designed in 2007 by Steve Jennings. No detail has been overlooked in the design, building and maintenance of the estate over the years.
Pulling up the extended stone driveway past the two automatic security gates, one is immediately struck by the stunning flagstone exterior of this two-story home featuring garage space for the avid car collector holding up to as many as six cars, plus an additional covered carport. Passing through the double glass door entry into this dramatic home one is instantly struck by the stunning hardwood floors that are featured through much of this dwelling. A dramatic stone and hardwood foyer with a grand chandelier captures the very essence of Pasadena – The Rose City – and invites you into this true oasis.
The high ceilings and abundance of windows and glass doors that open to exterior sitting areas allow light to fill this home with warmth. This complements the numerous designer finishings and touches from the stunning light fixtures and double crown molding, to the extensive stone work and the unique gas fireplaces. The first level of the main house features a spacious formal living room with recessed lighting, amazing views through the double glass doors and a stunning black stone fireplace. Across the hallway sits a formal dining room showcasing a beautiful light fixture hanging above the expansive dining room table, floor to ceiling windows and another custom fireplace. Truly no detail was spared in designing these elegant and sophisticated rooms, ideal for the frequent entertainer.
Off the hallway and up a couple of steps is an office area with built-in shelving and a black granite desktop, which is the perfect workspace for a student or working professional. The open kitchen is a chef’s delight with an abundance of sleek, black granite countertops, Viking stainless steel appliances, grey cabinets, a picture window above the oversized sink with views of the San Gabriel Valley and a bar area with an additional sink and seating for a casual meal. The kitchen opens to the large breakfast room showcasing a bronze chandelier, glass windows and double doors overlooking the beauty and grandeur of the backyard. The nearby family room/den with a mission theme is a great place to cozy up and watch a movie with a wall of shelving, space for the largest of televisions and a picturesque fireplace with stone cladding.
Up the wide, wooden staircase complete with a decorative railing and a beautiful chandelier, one enters the upstairs living area. A formal office with a flagstone accent wall, marble floors and an arched window looking out over the city greets you upon arrival to the second story. Hardwood floors flow throughout and passing by the separate laundry room with two washers and dryers, one approaches the three bedroom suites, each with recessed lighting, ceiling fans, base molding and double crown molding. Fresh air and sunlight fill each bedroom, the first two featuring fold out closets with pebbled glass doors and spacious attached bathrooms with stone flooring, a single sink and large glass showers.
Heading down the hallway past the additional closet space one approaches the master suite, a secluded sanctuary hidden behind double pebbled glass doors. A wall of windows allows natural light to flood the space and a stone accent fireplace adds comfort and charm. A large sitting area overlooks the grounds and expansive backyard, and leads to the master bathroom featuring marble floors and a vanity with double sinks framed by stylish light fixtures. The large jetted tub is accompanied by a chandelier hanging above and a glass shower adjacent. Through the bathroom is an expansive walk-in closet with wood floors, an abundance of storage space with built-in drawers and recessed lighting.
Exiting the main house from the family room one approaches the pool house, a breathtaking abode of its own. Entering through the side door and passing through the kitchenette, which contains a single sink, dishwasher, trash compactor and wine fridge, one passes the ¾ bathroom and enters the main room. This private escape features a fireplace with stone cladding, vaulted ceilings and double glass doors leading to the pool area. Walking further into the room one enters the bedroom and connected bathtub/spa area, with a single glass door leading to the backyard.
With dramatic landscape lighting, gorgeous drought tolerant landscaping and epic views respecting the natural environment that surrounds this property, every inch of the backyard space has been used to its fullest potential with the avid entertainer in mind. A wooden pergola jets out from the home and stone flooring flows from the pool and spa area to several sitting/lounging areas to soak up the California rays or for dining alfresco. A large fire pit with lava rock completes this space and can be found at the far end of the pool area. Passing by the custom putting green while being enveloped by the canopy and artistry created by the oak trees, one approaches a set of steps leading to an additional sitting area next to the sport court for shooting some hoops, playing ping pong, or observing the wildlife that visits the backyard. Leaving no detail to chance, the outdoor space is truly remarkable and so incredibly unique due to its privacy and expansive level backyard that flows naturally into the canyon and hillside of the topography of this location.
Don’t miss the opportunity to own this hidden gem ideally located in Pasadena with ready access to Downtown LA, the studios in Burbank or anywhere one needs to be in the surrounding Los Angeles area. Being able to call this grand abode one’s own home is reminiscent of being on a retreat in Ojai, yet being centrally located to all LA has to offer.
For more information, contact Mike Kobeissi