Retro Paradise: A Modernist Showpiece in Sierra Madre
John Andre Gougeon, a Buff, Straub & Hensman-trained architect best known for designing the Pasadena Presbyterian Church and Downey Cadillac dealership, also crafted unique Southern California residences. One of his modernist gems, a nearly 3-acre hillside property with sweeping views of the San Gabriel Valley, mountains, and city lights, is now for sale in Sierra Madre for just under $4.5 million. The visually arresting structure, built in the mid-1970s, boasts five bedrooms and baths, a sunken fireside family room, spacious kitchen, wet bar-equipped dining room, office, wine cellar, and steam/sauna room. The woodsy grounds feature a sprawling lawn, inviting pool, and numerous patios and balconies for al fresco lounging and entertaining. A detached carport with parking for up to four vehicles completes the package, and an open house is scheduled for this weekend.