The largest and most expensive mansion in Pasadena, California, is being sold for $36.5 million
The price of the former Pasadena, California, home of American television preacher Jane Scott, which features six secret entrances, has been marked down to $36.5 million.
First listed two years ago for $48 million, the mansion sits on 2.7 acres and is the most expensive home listed in the city. In fact, its price is more than three times the next most expensive residence, a roughly 8,822-square-foot home listed for nearly $11 million. It’s also “the most important real estate in all of Pasadena,” according to listing agent Josh Flagg of Douglas Elliman.
“It is not only the largest, with more than 32,000 square feet under roof, but it is the most historically significant because it was built by three of California’s most important architects: Myron Hunt, Gordon Kaufman, Ladd and Kelsey,” Flagg said. “It has also been meticulously renovated for over seven years.”
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The home was first put on the market in April 2021, and a sale was apparently in the works just a few months later, listing records show. But the deal fell through, and the property returned to the market in September at its original price. Its price was reduced to $45 million a month later, and it was then removed from the market. It hit the market back in March for $38.5 million, and the price was reduced to its current asking on Tuesday.
It’s owned by philanthropist John Vidalakis, who bought it for $7.3 million in 2011 and oversaw the renovation, Mansion Global reported when the home was first listed. Representatives for Vidalakis did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The seven-bedroom, 21-bathroom Knoll House, as it’s known, dates back to 1916, and the renovation preserved many period details, according to the listing. This includes original hand-carved moldings, matching wood paneling, nine wood-burning fireplaces, and black-and-white marble floors imported from Italy.
The main floor features a living room with herringbone wood floors and a Baonazzo marble fireplace, a wood-paneled library with a fireplace, and a formal dining room that connects to the chef’s kitchen with two islands, custom cabinetry, and high-end appliances. There is also a plaster-ceilinged breakfast room and butler’s pantry, as well as a family room and a completely refurbished English pub.
Other amenities include a 2,500-bottle wine cellar, six secret doors — some of which lead into the house’s private gallery — a two-story atrium with a tiki bar, a 46-person movie theater, a game room, and billiards rooms. A poker room and gym, as well as a guest apartment.
Outside, the gated property has a covered pavilion, barbecue facilities, a wood-fired pizza oven and a bar, the listing said. There’s also a pool, spa, fire pit, bocce court, and Zen garden.