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Home of the Week

An 'extremely modern' home with 'lots of air' is perched atop two massive towers overlooking Pasadena.

August 03, 2003|Ruth Ryon | Times Staff Writer

Bryce Jamie, a senior networking engineer at Paramount Pictures, had dreamed of owning a rustic cabin-style house, but his wife, Rochelle, convinced him to consider something more up to date.

It was 1996, and they had just commissioned Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena to design a home in Pasadena.

Rochelle, who teaches in a Montessori school, remembers telling the architects that she wanted "lots of air, lots of white." And, she said, "I wanted it extremely modern."

About this house: The result has been described as a "futuristic box perched atop two massive towers." The architects refer to it as being "supremely minimalist ... floating in the space high above Pasadena." The hillside home has floor-to-ceiling windows, marble bathrooms and light-filled living spaces. Drought-tolerant landscaping blends with the natural topography.

Asking price: $1.15 million

Size: There are three bedrooms, including a master suite with a den or office area, and three bathrooms in about 2,120 square feet. The lot is 12,020 square feet.

Features: The home has walls of glass and views of the San Gabriel Mountains and Pasadena from every room. There is a family room, and the house also has dual-paned tinted windows, air conditioning and two water heaters.

Where: 1472 Inverness Drive West, Pasadena. The home will be open today from 2 to 5 p.m.

Listing agent: Barry Sloane, Sotheby's International Realty, Beverly Hills, (310) 786-1844, and Michael Dilsaver, Dickson Realtors, Pasadena, (626) 639-1675.

To submit a candidate for Home of the Week, please send color interior and exterior photos (copies only; we cannot return the pictures) and a brief description of the house, including what makes the property unusual, to Ruth Ryon, Real Estate Section, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; or e-mail

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