Here’s a video for those of you who want to see Ain’s stunning modern development in Altadena, CA but don’t live close enough to visit. For those who do live in the area, perhaps it will inspire a short walk, bike, or drive.
In the late 1940s, mid-century modern architect Gregory Ain designed Park Planned Homes. The development consisted of a single block of elegant single-family residences lining both sides of the street. The concepts of flexible use space, open floor plans, and seamless interaction between indoor and outdoor areas were all introduced during the period in which these homes were built. Ain’s efforts to achieve these ends manifested itself in features like Post and Beam framing, casement windows, and walls of glass to allow maximum natural light were the strategies. All of these features can be seen on Highview.
I love that many of the owners are restoring the homes. Some are buying to resell, and others for their own use. Either way, the block is looking nicer in recent years, and I it keeps going in that direction. As of today, nothing is for sale, but recent sales suggest starting prices in the high $700k range.