Mid-Century Modern Van de Kamp Estate in Pasadena’s Chapman Woods Asking $2.5 Million

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Open House: Sunday Oct 18 between 2 PM – 4 PM

3620 Lombardy Rd, East Pasadena

Price: $2,500,000

Beds, Baths: 5 BR, 3.75 BA

Floor Area: 3,724 sq. ft.

Per the Listing: “The Van de Kamp Estate, 1951 – W. Bourne Architect. Located in Chapman Woods, Pasadena’s favorite eastside neighborhood, this vintage modernist estate offers provenance, stature, and huge upside potential. With extensive use of steel sash glazing by Arcadia Door Co., the inside/outside threshold is worked to dramatic effect; a place where both public and private spaces unite with expansive grounds and sparkling swimming pool. Ready to update for another era of modern living. Originally designed for Arthur Van de Kamp and his wife Mary Lou to reflect their needs and the changing tastes of 1950s Los Angeles, and provide needed escape from their expanding family business, Van de Kamp’s Holland Dutch Bakeries. It grew from a tiny potato-chip store on South Spring Street into a vast 1,200-employee west coast network of bakeries, coffee shops, and a specialty food products company known as Lawry’s. Their empire included the very popular Tam O’Shanter Inn and Lawry’s Prime Rib in Beverly Hills.”

Should we ever need to answer questions about the Van de Kamp family’s business enterprises, we’re now pretty well sorted, but a few more details about the house would have been nice too. Especially since the listing is light on photos, though the handful provided offer a tantalizing hint of exciting possibilities. According to public records, this is the 1.06-acre property’s first appearance on the market since 1975, when it sold for just $72,500.

3620 Lombardy Rd [Redfin]

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