Janice Lee janicelee@bhhscal.com


931 Canon Drive
Pasadena, CA - California 91106


Nestled on a quiet street in the most sought-after Oak Knoll District of Pasadena, this Japanesque mid-century seamlessly blends its enchanting gardens into the built environment. The current owner has meticulously restored and renovated the property with newer copper plumbing, updated electrical and central heat & air conditioning, as well as professionally enhanced landscaping. The approach from the street is understated, and the horizontal structure disappears into the canopy of an exquisite California Oak tree. The path to the front door is along a natural stone walkway and, as you ascend through the Japanese Torii gates, you are transported to a secret garden in Kyoto. There are two soothing waterfalls that trickle into the lily pond. A gently arched bridge over the water invites guests to the front door. Walking into the house, the busy world around you disappears, and all that remains is nature. The floor plan is open and modern, and there are spectacular views through the sliding doors and windows, all with shoji screens, that span nearly the entire length of the east and west sides of the house. These windows allow for courtyard and/or treetop views from all of the public rooms and bedrooms. The central hall gracefully transitions the outside in by incorporating the natural river stone aggregate from the exterior terrace. The den, living room, and dining room all interrelate by sharing the same vaulted wood paneled ceiling and are masterfully separated by mobile screens allowing for one open room or three distinct spaces depending on one’s lifestyle. All three rooms open to a spacious wood deck for more outdoor living. The den continues the aggregate floor, while the living room and dining room have bamboo flooring. The dining room is punctuated by two clearstory windows that give the illusion that the roof is simply floating over the structure. The adjacent kitchen has been sensitively updated with quartz counters, modern appliances, including a built-in Bosch refrigerator, and polished concrete floors. The main house is complete with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The two junior bedrooms share a totally updated compartmentalized bathroom with separate vanities on each side, and both have custom-made tatami mats in keeping with the traditional Japanese design. The en suite master bath has a beautiful marble counter, rain showerhead, and a heated bidet toilet. There is a generous walk-in closet, and the master sleeping quarters feature tatami mat flooring, modern built-ins, and access to a large terrace that has idealized views of the courtyard. The lower level consists of an oversized laundry room with ample built-in storage, a utility sink, and new counters and floor. The perfect guest quarters adjacent to the laundry room are complete with bedroom, remodeled bathroom, wet bar, and living area. This wonderful, private unit has bamboo flooring and shoji screens throughout. There is even a private balcony for guests to enjoy their own time in nature. This tranquil oasis feels so removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, yet is only a short distance from all the fine shops and restaurants on South Lake Avenue. It is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to have your own piece of the Far East in the West!

Type: Single Family Home
Rooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Stories: 2
Square Feet: 2,526 (**measured)
Lot Size: 16,825 Sq. Ft. (*per public record)
Age of Home: 1962

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