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Pasadena Mediterranean Homes for Sale

Mediterranean style homes became popular in coastal areas of the United States in the 1920s. This architectural style was inspired by the grand architecture of Italian Renaissance, with sweeping symmetrical facades that inspired onlookers. In Pasadena, California, Mediterranean style homes were popularized by such architects as Paul Williams, Bertram Goodhue, and Sumner Spaulding. Much of the public architecture in Pasadena is in the Mediterranean style, including the famous Pasadena City Hall.

Besides the cosmetic beauty of Mediterranean style homes, there was also a very practical reason to build homes in this style in Pasadena and surrounding cities. The climate in the area is very similar to the climate along the Mediterranean, and the architectural style was designed to keep the house cool in a hot, arid climate. The stucco walls help to insulate the houses against the hot summer sun, and features such as porticos and tile roofs with eaves serve to provide more shade. The interior walls of the houses are generally a light shade, and these homes in California also often have swimming pools. One of the most famous architects who worked in the Mediterranean style was Paul Williams. Williams was an American architect who worked out of Los Angeles for much of the twentieth century. He designed homes for many movie stars, including  Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra and Tyrone Power. His Mediterranean style homes feature such classic details as stuccoed walls,  tile roofs, arches and window grilles. 

Pasadena City Hall, originally built in 1927 for $1.3 million, is a great example of the California Mediterranean architecture. The City Hall that we see today has been seismically reinforced and renovated in 2007 (a three year project!) and should be on everyone's "things to do list" when visiting Pasadena. The interior courtyard is as stunning as the outside architecture.  Historical and architectural elements can be seen at every turn.  It's also a great photo pic opportunity for visitors and residents alike.

The Mediterranean style lends itself to eclectic designs, and it includes everything from ornate Italianate villas to small farmhouses. One feature that is common to most Mediterranean style homes is a sense of privacy for the family who lives within. Mediterranean style homes are both practical as well as elegant, and they look perfect in beautiful California surroundings. There are a great many of these beautiful homes to be seen all over San Gabriel Valley.

Find your home in Pasadena

Pasadena has many Mediterranean style homes. Take a look at a few houses for sale below. To see a complete list, sign up for a home search account.

Newest Mediterranean Homes For Sale


250 DE LACEY Avenue Unit #208 A, Pasadena

Luxurious corner unit at Delacey Place just blocks away from Old Town Pasadena. The gourmet kitchen includes Wood Mode cabinetry and European appliances. Other features i...

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 3.0
  • MLS 214015567
  • Bldg. Not Applicable-647

52 ARROYO Boulevard, Pasadena CA 91105


52 ARROYO Boulevard, Pasadena

This is a luxury tree lined townhome located in the private gated Altos Arroyo Mediterranean Village. The home is a 3 bed/3 bath. First floor includes a living room with ...

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 3.0
  • MLS 214027544
  • Bldg. Not Applicable-645

1151 KEWEN Drive, Pasadena CA 91108


1151 KEWEN Drive, Pasadena

Magnificent Mediterranean estate newly built in 2011 in Pasadena's exclusive Langham Hotel area has park like grounds and is perfect for those who seek serenity and priva...

  • Beds 5
  • Baths 4.0
  • MLS 214027498

565 PASADENA Avenue, Pasadena CA 91103


565 PASADENA Avenue, Pasadena

Only 16 years old, this custom built contemporary Mediterranean beauty is located close to the Rose Bowl and Orange Grove Blvd. Its single level, open floor plan draws y...

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 3.0
  • MLS 214027248

616 LOS ROBLES Avenue, Pasadena CA 91106


616 LOS ROBLES Avenue, Pasadena

Madison Heights Contemporary. Set behind imposing gates is this dramatic two-story Contemporary with a strong Pueblo influence. This special home features a formal entry ...

  • Beds 2
  • Baths 3.0
  • MLS 214027103

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