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John Cushman creates a super-condo in Pasadena

John Cushman combines two condos into one unit, which has panoramic views and a wraparound terrace.

January 24, 2011|By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times

Commercial real estate icon John C. Cushman III and his wife, Jeanine, have purchased two penthouse condos in Pasadena and combined them into a single unit with 360-degree views.

The enlarged penthouse has 4,357 square feet of living space on two levels. Originally, the two units were each configured with two bedrooms, 21/2 bathrooms and a loft but the combined floor plan has been customized to five bedrooms, four bathrooms and an office. A wraparound terrace has about an additional 3,000 square feet of outdoor space.

The residence includes space on the fourth and fifth floors of the five-story Granite Park Place development, where units sell in the $800,000 to $2-million range. The Cushmans' exact purchase price was not available.

Doors that open to the deck let the breeze come through the fifth-floor office of the condominium.

"It has the newest technology," Cushman said. "The stuff I never had in any house I've owned. It's kind of fun.

"I've been in Pasadena a long time but never lived anywhere more than two stories high," Cushman said. "This is a new experience for me."

Views from the condo include vistas of Mt. Baldy and Mt. Wilson. "On a clear day you can see every rock on the mountain," he said.

The Cushmans split their time between both coasts and decided that, with their children grown and out of the house, it was time for what he called "this exciting new maneuver."

In terms of interiors, the couple has gone from a more traditional motif to a contemporary environment. "It's a different life," he said. "I travel so much; this is great to come home too."

"The best part of it is I have this extraordinary deck," he said. "That's my favorite part."

Amenities and services include a full-time concierge, 24-hour staffing, a fitness center and a swimming pool with spa.

Cushman is chairman of the international real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield.

Paul Sunshine of Domineum handled the transaction.

lauren.beale@latimes.com

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