La Miniatura is three stories, measuring 2,400 square feet in total with nearly an acre of gardens. The first floor has the kitchen, dining room and maid’s room, and the dining room opens to a terrace with a reflecting pool that connects the house with the outdoors. The main entrance is located on the second floor along with a guest room and a large two-story living room with a beautiful concrete block fireplace. A balcony at the third story overlooks the living room below, and the third floor also hosts what was Millard’s bedroom and a beautiful outdoor terrace. While the load-bearing walls are constructed of concrete blocks, the interior walls consist of wooden studs and plaster. The floors are either concrete or wood, and the ceilings are plaster or exposed redwood. In 1926, Lloyd Wright, Wright’s son, designed a separate studio and guest house.
Back in 2009, La Miniatura was placed on the market for $7.7 million but couldn’t find a buyer. This time around the home is selling for a mere $4.5 million dollars. The work that’s gone into the home has surely lent to the hefty price tag, and as they say “location, location, location” — La Miniatura is sited in the heart of Pasadena within a lush, green and quiet residential block overlooking the Arroyo Secco Park. The home is also in good architectural company, located just a few blocks from Greene and Greene’s famed Gamble House, as well as a few of the brothers’ other homes. If you’re in the market for some serious real estate, we think this is a good bet. There are far worse investment decisions you could be making.