The American modernist movement during the 1990s is generally overlooked, architecturally speaking. But with the Wystrach-Adams residence, a magical combination of surface, structure and transparency comes to the forefront of this incredibly rare, avant-garde natural compound in the lush hills of La Crescenta. While the curved roofline and exterior play on light Deconstructivism, the interior seamlessly weaves the surroundings into the home with organic materials, natural light and flow. A breathtaking sweeping entry comprised of curved aggregate concrete, copper-accented balustrade and slanted skylights creates a complex, emotional realization of the experience of Wright’s uncommon design. A large living area, open office/den and dining room are anchored by a two-story oval concrete fireplace, the rooms tied together by a 36-foot long lighting accent and the natural light from a continuous wall of glass doors. The mountainous backdrop was uniquely designed into the guest bathroom by mosaic tiler Paul Clarke. The original owner was enamored with the curves of the nearby area, and they are consistent in the home, in beams, glass, coved lighting, corten steel, marble and built-ins. With its rich original wooden cabinetry, the partially vaulted kitchen incorporates a two-story mitred window, skylights, and clerestory windows. The bright primary has more curved beamed ceilings, skylights, and glass doors that flow onto an expansive private view deck, one of three decks rimmed with long built-in benches for entertaining. A walk-in closet leads to a large primary bathroom where a unique mitered glass window and exterior access door bring the outdoor elements in. A true compound, the property has a permitted ADU with full bath above the garage as well as a gym, laundry, additional bath, and bonus room in the ground level. The flexible floorplan provides multiple work from home settings and options for living. The landscaping on the 13,000+ square foot lot was designed by Greg Sullivan in collaboration with the architect to embrace the home with towering trees, with a 60-foot Deodor cedar on the east corner and a seasonal Mulberry on the west. Eighteen mature pine, citrus and flowering trees grace the lot and attract migratory orioles, local sparrows, and the annual great blue heron. A koi pond and waterfall fountain infuse the environment with water elements and a BBQ area expands the effortless flow of entertainment spaces. Building remains original and meticulously maintained. Recent upgrades over the past five years include 13 Velux replacement skylights with automatic solar blinds, waterproofing to the main and ADU roofs, fully-owned permitted solar, EV charger, LED lighting throughout and more. Conveniently located on a quiet no-outlet street within the coveted Monte Vista, Rosemont and Crescenta Valley school districts. A once in lifetime property now available for a rare transfer of legacy.
Sold $3,580,000
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 4554 Sqft
  • 0.31 Acres
Benjamin Kahle
Benjamin Kahle
Mobile (310) 779-4578
Office (310) 275-1000
CalDRE 01951554
Mike Deasy
Mike Deasy
Mobile (310) 275-8880
CalDRE 00542204

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2826 Alta Terrace is a residential property located in La Crescenta, CA. This property sits on a 0.31 acre lot, is 4554 sqft, with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths.