Open House: Sunday Oct 11 between 2 PM – 5 PM
453 Somerset Pl, La Canada Flintridge
Beds, Baths: 5 BR, 5.5 BA
Floor Area: 7,234 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: “One of the few remaining Flintridge masterpieces of legendary architect to the stars, Paul Williams. Built in 1927, this 7,234 sqft English Revival compound sits on over an acre+ knoll, at the end of a secluded cul-de-sac. The design and elegant proportions take advantage of the majestic views in all directions. This one-of-a-kind home features 4 bedroom suites, including the spacious master suite with fireplace, 5 baths, elegant living room, sun room with semi-circular walls of windows and 180-degree views, formal dining room, gourmet chef’s kitchen, breakfast room, family room, and office. In addition to the main house, there is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath guest house, gym with garden views, and pool house with Murphy bed, kitchenette, bath, French doors leading to pool/spa and outdoor patio with fireplace. Features also include a fully lighted sport court, 3-Car garage, and stone pathways through the gardens and trees. Truly a piece of art with original detail and signature design elements.”
According to the Paul R. Williams Project, a very young Paul Williams got to be friendly with the future senator and real estate developer Frank Putnam Flint from selling him newspapers on the corner of First and Spring downtown. Per the PRWP site: “After he became a licensed architect in 1921, Williams designed scores of the homes either directly commissioned by Flint or as a result of Flint’s referrals. Eventually the Flintridge area would have one of the largest concentrations of Williams’ designed residences in Southern California. At least ten of his designs were either model homes or spec projects commissioned by Flint. Today a ‘significant’ number of the architect’s Flintridge projects remain unidentified and Tim Gregory, a noted regional architectural historian, fears many have been demolished.” This particular example last sold in January 2004 for $3.5 million. Listed in January 2015 at $6.998 million, it’s been pricechopped twice since then.