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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

1127 East Del Mar Unit 218, Pasadena CA 91106


1127 East Del Mar Unit 218, Pasadena

Excellent location in the Cal Tech area, close to shops, restaurants and public transportation, this beautiful one bedroom, one bath, ground floor condo offers an open fl...

  • Beds 1
  • Baths 1.0
  • MLS 314032426

1771 East Mountain, Pasadena CA 91104


1771 East Mountain, Pasadena

Located on one of the most beautiful streets in the historical Pasadena Heights landmark district, and includes a very rare Batchelder fireplace in the living room. From ...

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 3.0
  • MLS 314032169

448 South Oakland Unit 3, Pasadena CA 91101


448 South Oakland Unit 3, Pasadena

Inspired by Venetian architecture, this Tuscan retreat offers exquisite craftsmanship with coffered ceilings, triple crown molding, gorgeous solid natural oak hardwood fl...

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 4.0
  • MLS 314032765

985 North Michillinda Unit 202, Pasadena CA 91107


985 North Michillinda Unit 202, Pasadena

Built in 2007 this luxury Spanish-Mediterranean town home is located in the foothills of Pasadena near Sierra Madre's charming restaurants & boutiques and convenient to 2...

  • Beds 2
  • Baths 3.0
  • MLS 314032606

66 North Allen Unit 9, Pasadena CA 91106


66 North Allen Unit 9, Pasadena

Welcome to Pasadena urban living combined with a relaxing and tranquil setting. Siena Village is an ideal residence for you. Exceptional Mediterranean architectural desig...

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 3.0
  • MLS AR14223423

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