- December 17, 2020
- Posted by: Geoff Odega
- Category: CA Real Estate News
Jim Brandon better get used to unexpected visitors. The writer-producer, whose credits include “Arrested Development” and “Mixed-ish,” just paid about $2.2 million for a South Pasadena home with a special place in “Back to the Future” lore.
The 1985 hit doubles as a tour of L.A. County in many ways, with landmarks such as Griffith Park and the Gamble House popping up throughout the film. Another pivotal scene is set in Brandon’s new yard, where Marty McFly stumbles upon his father being a “peeping tom” in the tree out front.
According to the home’s previous owner, filmmaker John McDonald, fans of the movie regularly make the trek to South Pasadena to pay homage — and climb up — the now-famous tree to re-create the scene.
The living room. (Susan Pickering)
The dining room. (Susan Pickering)
Built-in seating. (Susan Pickering)
The kitchen. (Susan Pickering)
The brick fireplace. (Susan Pickering)
The primary bedroom. (Susan Pickering)
The basement. (Susan Pickering)
The converted garage. (Susan Pickering)
The wet bar. (Susan Pickering)
The back patio. (Susan Pickering)
The backyard. (Susan Pickering)
The outdoor fireplace. (Susan Pickering)
The covered front porch. (Susan Pickering)
The 110-year-old home. (Susan Pickering)
Set on a street lined with century-old homes, the 110-year-old Craftsman boasts another bit of L.A. history — it was once owned by Edward Warren Hoak, the chief designer of Union Station, real estate records show.
Overhanging eaves, tapered brick columns and wood shingles bring Craftsman charm to the exterior. Past a covered front porch, the two-story home opens to wood-covered spaces with stained glass, pocketing doors, casement windows and built-ins. The moldings, beams and wainscoting are all made from Douglas fir.
Highlights include a cozy library, living room with a brick fireplace and primary suite with a sitting room. It has four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in 2,166 square feet.
The property is designed for entertaining; the basement features a media room and recording studio, and the two-car garage has been converted into a pub with a pull-down movie screen and wet bar. The leafy backyard adds a lawn, fountain and fireplace.
Carol Majors of Coldwell Banker Realty held the listing. Tim Durkovic of Douglas Elliman represented the buyer.