Pasadena estate with designer tiki bar seeks $48 million – Pasadena Star News
A secluded Pasadena resort on the market for a record $48 million demand takes resort-style living to the next level.
For starters, there’s a tiki bar.
The Polynesian El Caribe theme, created by early “Bamboo” tiki bar designer and builder Ben Bassham, is one of Knoll House’s rarest features.
Nestled on 2.5 acres of parkland in the shadow of the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa, it features two structures with seven combined bedrooms, 18 bathrooms and 32,500 square feet of living space connected by — get this – an underground passage served by two lifts.
Structures include a 1916 Colonial Revival-style mansion designed by Myron Hunt and Gordon Kaufmann, architects of local landmarks such as the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and Scripps College in Claremont, respectively.
Within the 12,300-square-foot residence are six-bedroom suites with updated bathrooms, a 2,500-bottle wine cellar, and a pub with stained glass art and the original bar.
The lobby features Italian marble floors.
There are restored original herringbone floors, a marble fireplace in the living room, and a wooden library with a secluded bar.
The current owner has opened up several rooms to create a large kitchen and family room which, like the bathrooms, was part of a seven-year project to restore the historic integrity of the property. But it’s also been updated to include modern conveniences like a walk-in refrigerator and walk-in pantry in the butler’s pantry.
Near the resort-sized pool and spa, a large pavilion features a full kitchen with pizza oven, and living and dining areas.
A children’s play structure is another advantage.
The estate’s other structure is a 20,500-square-foot entertainment gallery building with a 38-foot-tall central atrium and skylight dating back to 1973.
The gallery was originally designed by Norton Simon Museum architects Thornton Ladd and John Kelsey to house the art collection of the museum’s main supporter, Virginia Steele Scott, the house’s former owner.
Scott dubbed the property Knoll House.
The former art gallery now includes an arcade and billiard room, a poker room and a state-of-the-art 45-seat movie theater that cost over $1 million to create. And that’s also where you’ll find El Caribe.
Decorated with carved faces and totem poles, torch and shell encrusted lighting, and bamboo walls, it has plenty of seating with enough room for three bartenders to whip up cocktails topped with paper umbrellas behind the bar.
“You can close the doors and escape completely,” Bassham said during the video tour. “Instead of getting on a plane and flying to Hawaii, you just relax in your own tiki bar.”
Carol Chua and Darrell Done of Coldwell Banker Realty share the list.
According to the Multiple Listing Service, the complex is currently the most expensive home for sale in Pasadena.
It last sold in 2011 for $7.294 million, according to ownership records.