The neighborhoods in South Pasadena's hills sprung up later than the rest of the city. And like a cocky teenager who defies his parents by growing his hair out and dying it blue, this enclave happily rebels against the older neighborhoods below. Above, you'll find all kinds of modern architecture dotting a landscape of ubiquitous contemporary California ranch style houses. There are wonderful examples of mid-century modern, Brady Bunch chalet and earthy 70s split level, as well as a few boxy 80s glass and stucco palaces.
Here, I snapped a shot of a cool late 1960s modern chandelier hanging in a big picture window. What was once brand new is now its own 20th Century modern classic. (If I squint, I can visualize a little Rothko in that textured wall -- a little Miro in the orbs and the tree branches...)