Thursday, November 10, 2011

Movie Star Home

Hell of a back yard, isn't it?

I'm not sure why I find this house compelling except it looks like something from a movie. A scary movie, maybe. Can't you picture it all lit up at night? Or maybe we'll keep the sun and have some naked hipsters dancing on the deck, like in a Blake Edwards film set in the swingin' seventies (wasn't there such a scene in "10"?).

That big window faces east. Could get pretty warm in there in the morning, which is perfect if you're a naked hipster. Not too scary for the neighbors, either, because it's isolated enough that nobody can see in unless they want to make the effort to climb the hill and peek. In that case, if they see anything scary, they asked for it.

15 comments:

Shell Sherree said...

Have I seen this in a movie? It certainly reminds me of something... but it's eluding me! {No big surprise there.} Let's run with the naked hipsters in the morning sun. I'm a wuss when it comes to scary things.

Petrea Burchard said...

I wonder! Maybe. So much around here has been in the movies that it's possible. I haven't seen a lot of scary movies so it probably wasn't a scary one.

Steven said...

I hope that mansion is earthquake proof. Looks like a 5.8 would have that shack rolling down the hill like a beachball.

Bellis said...

Talk about not wanting a house to blend into the landscape. Scarey architecture, probably by someone famous.

There IS a similar house in Altadena owned by a porn movie king, and if you climb up the mountainside high enough, you can watch the starlets romping in the rooftop pool. Not that I've tried.

Margaret said...

Of course, it could get cold too, which isn't so good for naked hipsters.

altadenahiker said...

Bellis, I thought of that house, too. That house gives me the creeps.

Petrea Burchard said...

I hope this one is not owned by a porn king and I hope it doesn't come down the mountain, especially not in winter, with frozen naked--they wouldn't be hipsters, they'd be porn stars, wouldn't they, frozen starlets, rolling down the hill.

Bellis, can you see the porn king's place from the Altadena Crest Trail? I have a few guesses.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I think they did an article on that home in DWELL.

I'm a fan of modernist homes but I don't care for them when they dominate hillsides as white boxes. Bring in the earth colors and try a little assimilation. Something to be learned from the Craftsman era

Julie said...

Wow. That's quite a house! All that natural light must be wonderful during the day.

dive said...

What a fabulous house, Petrea (except for that godawful flue spoiling the elevation … sheesh, some people couldn't design their way out of a paper bag).
It screams "Evil Lair" to me.

Petrea Burchard said...

PA, that may explain why it looks familiar. I don't often look at DWELL, but I may have seen it. I admit the house is striking this way but when everyone builds their homes to show off the landscape suffers.

I like the light, Julie. I think most Craftsman homes are dark; they were designed to protect from the sun's damaging rays.

So you don't like the flue of the Evil Lair, Dive? It's probably from the incinerator, if you get my meaning. Mwaha.

Speedway said...

I wish the designer had found a way to make the house less of a sore thumb by making it a color other than white and texturing the exterior to fit the landscape. Speaking of fingers, that flue does look as though the owner is giving the proverbial salute to the valley below.

Petrea Burchard said...

This homeowner is not going to like me.

We wouldn't build it now, but it's really a striking house, sitting up there on the hillside in the sun. It's southern Californian of a certain era--a 60's or 70's house. I think it's well done for the period. I don't see myself there. I see Dudley Moore or James Bond.

Ms M said...

It would be a good setting for a crime-mystery movie. The body of a starlet is found below the house. Did she accidentally fall out of drunken confusion? OR did she have a little "help"? Whodunit??

Petrea Burchard said...

It's probably the home of perfectly normal people with grade-school children and puppies and kitties! It does look like a movie set, though.