One of the Most Extravagant Homes of Gregory Ain’s Career Just Hit the Market in Pasadena

Gregory Ain designed this mid-century modern home for supermarket magnate Walter W. Ralphs, Jr. Completed in 1950, the residence located in the Linda Vista area of Pasadena is described by biographer Anthony Denzer as “one of the most extravagant houses of Ain’s career.”

After purchasing the undeveloped land in 1949, Ralphs hired Ain to build what the original building permit describes as a single story, 3,500 square foot home for his wife and three kids.

Gregory Ain Mid Century Modern Ralph House Pasadena
Outside view from the Gregory Ain Mid-Century Modern Ralph House Pasadena

To take full advantage of the surrounding views and leave room for a pool, Ain used a V-shape plan and emphasized the home’s unique shape by constructing an overhead lattice at the joint in the V.

Beyond the open-air courtyard, the interior offers floor-to-ceiling windows that bring in lots of natural light, refinished wood floors, a fireplace in a large living room with built-in bookcases, and large sliding glass doors leading out to the resort-style backyard.

Wooden wardrobe and a fireplace
The living room, a fireplace, and an outside view

A modern-style kitchen features upgraded amenities, original cabinetry, a breakfast nook, an interior laundry area, and a caretaker’s wing.

Designed by landscape architect Garrett Eckbo, the resort-style backyard has a sparkling pool surrounded by lush and mature landscaping, gardens, a dry rock stream, and a large deck overlooking the city, mountains, and the Rose Bowl.

The kitchen basin and wide view of the outside
Swimming pool of the Gregory Ain Mid Century Modern Ralph House Pasadena

And while you feel miles away from it all, you’re minutes from the best shopping, fine dining, and outdoor recreation destinations Pasadena offers. Listed by Michael B. Bell, the six-bedroom, four-bath home is located at 1350 Linda Ridge Rd, seeking $2,999,999.

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