One of Pasadena’s Largest Estates Is Relisting at a Discounted Price of $36.5 Million – Robb Report
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When you walk into a place that’s been billed as “the largest single-family residence in Pasadena,” and has the added cache of being entirely designed by not just one but at least three famous architects, you have the idea that it’s going to be… It offered some rather creative living space combined with unique details. This sprawling structure located just steps from the ultra-luxe Langham Huntington hotel does not disappoint.
To boot, nearly three years after the so-called “Knoll House” debuted on the market with an ambitious $48 million price tag, the trophy estate known as the old home of famed pastor and TV evangelist Gene Scott has also appeared for sale. Once again, this time with updated listing photos, a new top agent on the list, and a massive $36.5 million cut.
Originally built by Peter Hall in the early 1900s for heiress, art collector and philanthropist Virginia Steele Scott in collaboration with respected architect Myron Hunt, the residence was later expanded by noted architect Gordon Kaufman. Purchased in the mid-1980s by Scott. When he died of prostate cancer in 2005, his third wife, the Rev. Melissa Scott, inherited much. After remaining vacant for several years, the entire set and caboodle were sold in 2011 for $7.2 million to philanthropist John Vidalakis, who spent seven years renovating and restoring the building.
Tucked away behind walls and gates, in the middle of a secluded cul-de-sac, the property includes a 12,300-square-foot main house and a separate 21,000-square-foot entertainment center spread across approximately 2.5 acres of land – for a total of seven bedrooms. and approximately 21 bathrooms in just over 32,600 square feet, all featuring inviting amenities ranging from an authentic Tiki bar and a 46-seat movie theater, to an art gallery and 2,500-bottle wine cellar.
Inside the main Colonial Revival residence, a grand foyer accented with black-and-white custom marble floors flows into a multi-level living space highlighted by formal living and dining rooms, as well as an English pub and a wood-paneled library containing a fireplace and dining table. Wet bar. The family room connects to a gourmet kitchen equipped with two islands, top-tier Miele and Wolf appliances, a butler’s pantry and an accompanying breakfast room, while the luxurious master retreat features a walk-in closet and dual baths.
Connected to the main house via commercial elevators and a “secret” underground tunnel, is a three-storey entertainment space, designed by architects Ladd & Kelsey in the 1970s, and including conference rooms, lounges, a catering kitchen and a living room. A gym, card room, gym, and guest apartment, plus the aforementioned movie theater, Tiki bar, and art gallery space in a two-story atrium.
Completing it all: resort-inspired grounds showcased in a Kohei Owatari-designed Zen garden, pool and spa, bocce court and fire pit, along with numerous locations perfectly suited for outdoor relaxation and entertaining.
The listing is owned by Josh Flagg of Douglas Elliman.
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