Pasadena home boasts onetime Van Halen owners and an architectural pedigree #TBT

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A buyer “might as well jump” at this midcentury home in Pasadena priced at $2.1 million. The single-story house was last sold in 1988 by Van Halen rock band brothers Eddie and Alex for $450,000.

During the eight years the brothers owned the 3,367-square-foot home, purchased in 1980 for $221,000, they produced such hit tunes as the Grammy-nominated “Jump” (you knew where this was heading), “Dreams” and “Love Walks In.”

Guitarist Eddie Van Halen was married then to bright-faced “One Day at a Time Star” Valerie Bertinelli; drummer Alex Van Halen to actress Valeri Kendall and then Kelly Van Halen, the fashion designer.


The post-and-beam house was designed by Conrad Buff III and Donald Hensman, who helped popularize the architectural style following World War II. Buff & Hensman homes are still sought-after today.

One wing of the house contains the main living spaces such as the living, dining and family rooms and another wing includes the four bedrooms. There’s an office and three bathrooms.

The custom stained-glass window was added after the Van Halens’ ownership.

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Walls of glass take in cityscape views while clerestory windows add natural light to the interiors. A patio, lawn and a swimming pool with a spa complete the half-acre grounds.

A gated, brick-paved driveway leads to a carport.

Megan Spargo of Podley Properties is the listing agent.

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