A Richard Landry Statement-maker in Pasadena to Behold

Built in 1991, the massive 1288 S. Oakland Avenue a Beaux Arts-style manse stuns from the outset with an impressive porte-cochere boasting 12 columns and lavish European-inspired grounds that offer just a hint of what’s to come.

Crafted by Award-winning Architect Richard Landry, This Hidden Palatial Estate in Pasadena Promises Perfection

If you happen to run across a home that’s been designed by award-winning architect Richard Landry, you know it’s going to be a creative mix of grandiose curb appeal, opulent living space, and over-the-top grounds. And 1288 S. Oakland Avenue, a one-of-a-kind estate bordering Pasadena’s prestigious historic Oak Knoll and Madison Heights neighborhoods is no exception to the rule.

“The home is absolutely one-of-a-kind, especially in Pasadena,” says listing agent Kirby Gillon of the Aaron Kirman Group at Compass. “The grounds itself makes you feel like you’re at a resort with beautiful lush landscaping, providing a tranquil escape from Los Angeles living.”

Found on a sprawling 4.63-acre parcel of land, the breathtaking estate welcomes via a primary entrance bolstered by a guard-gated villa. Classical architectural elements then come into play, replete with a seemingly endless façade crowned by an extravagant balustrade.

Once inside the 14-bedroom, 17-bath main home (there also is a two-story, two-bedroom guesthouse), 31,000-plus square feet of living space is displayed in all its glory, with a formal two-story foyer boasting a curved staircase and oversized window leading to the home’s separate wings: one including a grand ballroom/great hall outfitted with a paneled ceiling and nine French doors that open onto an enclosed balcony, and the other hosting a kitchen equipped with two breakfast areas, a walk-in pantry and duo of butler’s pantries. 

Heading upstairs, one finds a media room, and a luxurious master retreat highlighted by a sitting room and dual wardrobe closets, as well as a junior master suite lined with French doors that open to reveal Juliette balconies adorned with wrought-iron and gold leafing railings. The basement area, meanwhile, holds the housekeeper’s quarters—consisting of three en-suite bedrooms—with additional space featuring a fitness room, indoor resistance pool, steam room, massage lounge and sauna.

Perhaps the property’s biggest claim to fame? The expansive resort-like grounds featuring topiary structures, two gazebos topped by stained-glass domes, a pond with bridge and waterfall, cobblestone walkways, bamboo-covered arbors, a koi pond, water gardens, a tennis court, and a Grecian-style pool with a cascading spa. Lastly, a subterranean eight-car garage rounds out this special home’s appeal.

Sabrina Wu | 626.688.0100 | DRE 00900733
Kirby Gillon | 310.729.9977 | DRE 01960253
Bryce Lowe | 424.303.1751 | DRE 01918939
Aaron Kirman | 310.994.9512 | DRE 01296524
Aaron Kirman Group at Compass

List Price: $39.8 million

Photographs: Juwan Li, courtesy of Aaron Kirman Group

You May Also Like
TWA Hotel
Explore Story

TWA Hotel Has Landed

At the midpoint of the 20th century in this country, few figures were as high-flying as billionaire business magnate Howard Hughes, who brought his flair for Hollywood drama to the world of aeronautics and took control of the major American carrier Trans World Airlines (TWA) in 1939. It was Hughes who tapped pioneering Finnish-born architect Eero Saarinen