300 N San Rafael Avenue

Pasadena CA, 91105


$1,215.54 per sqft


8 Beds

14 Baths

20,567 sqft


Built in 1997

Listed by Brent Chang with COMPASS (626) 205-4040

Roland and Margarita Hernandez House: Buff, Smith and Hensman, 1997.One of the largest private view estates in greater Pasadena, the Hernandez House sits on 3.4 acres in the prestigious San Rafael Hills. Fully gated and mostly level, the site provides sweeping views looking east over the historic Colorado St bridge and the city of Pasadena and dramatic mountain vistas to the north and east. Designed by the iconic and pioneering firm of Buff & Hensman in 1997 and expanded in 2002, the 8-BR suite and 14-BA main structure spans three levels of living space, purposefully designed for an organic relationship between lifestyle and site. Having evolved from true post and beam structures, the estate employs many of the contemporary innovations that would later define Buff & Hensman. The home was planned so all major areas are oriented towards the best views. 20' ceilings with sides of glass open to the rear yard, 'merging' with the surrounding environment. 60' pool is bisected by elevated limestone bridge, creating a lap pool and waterfall to the north and wider family pool with spa to the south. Large lawn leads to glass paneled 2BR/2BA guest house with kitchen and fireplace that can be completely opened to lawn and adjacent N/S lighted champion tennis court. Having first engaged Buff and Hensman to build their Pasadena home, the Hernandez's and architects then embarked on the most difficult task of locating and acquiring the ideal site that would not only complement, but integrate with, the living spaces imagined by the Hernandez. As arduous as it was to find the initial site, it was an intersection of planning and good fortune that allowed them to procure and expand to the adjacent 300 Los Altos Dr. parcel in 2002. A truly rare confluence of events that lead to the marriage of a significant architectural home to be perfectly oriented on an expansive, private site with boundless, unobstructed views. *FEATURES:*2-stry, heated 8-car garage, *Entry-level: Entry, living room & great room w/20' ceilings, dining room, open: kitchen, family, & breakfast area, library, laundry, BD-suite, guest kitchen and guest suite, 2 Add'l BA's.*Upper: Primary suite w/2 BA's & 2/walk-in clsts, 4 Add'l BR-suites, study/BR-suite, office.*Lower: Wine, entertnmnt lounge w/BA, gym w/BA, sauna.*60' pool w/spa.*Lighted N/S tennis w/BA.*Glass-paneled 2BR/2BA w/kitchn guest house.*Fully gated w/2-automatic auto gates.*Viewing terrace.*Play area.*Add'l access from Los Altos.



May 2, 2024


July 14, 2024



300 N San Rafael Avenue
Pasadena CA, 91105

Interior Features

Total Stories




Total Bathrooms


Full Bathrooms


Interior Features

Wet Bar, Ceiling Fan(s), High Ceilings, Multiple Staircases, Open Floorplan, Pantry, Phone System, Recessed Lighting, Storage, Smart Home, Two Story Ceilings, Wired for Sound, Bedroom on Main Level, Dressing Area, Primary Suite, Walk-In Pantry, Wine Cellar, Walk-In Closet(s), Workshop


Barbecue, Double Oven, Dishwasher, Freezer, Gas Cooktop, Gas Oven, Gas Water Heater, Hot Water Circulator, Ice Maker, Microwave, Refrigerator, Vented Exhaust Fan, Water To Refrigerator, Water Heater, Warming Drawer, Water Purifier, Dryer, Washer

Laundry Description

Laundry Room

Floor Description

Carpet, Wood



Fireplace Description

Den, Family Room, Great Room, Guest Accommodations, Library, Living Room, Primary Bedroom, Outside



Cooling Description

Central Air, Zoned



Heating Description


Exterior/Building Features

Lot Size

3.39 Acres

Exterior Features

Barbecue, Lighting

Lot Features

Back Yard, Drip Irrigation/Bubblers, Front Yard, Garden, Sprinklers In Rear, Sprinklers In Front, Lawn, Landscaped, Near Park, Secluded, Sprinklers Timer, Sprinklers On Side, Sprinkler System

Architectual Style

Contemporary, Modern


Public Sewer

Other Property Details

Area Name

645 - Pasadena (NW)

Days on Market


Association Fee


Association Fee Frequency


Association Amenities




Garage Spaces



Controlled Entrance, Driveway, Electric Gate, Garage, Garage Door Opener, Gated, Oversized, Private, Storage

Parking Total




View Description

Bridge(s), City Lights, Landmark, Mountain(s), Neighborhood, Trees/Woods


Los Angeles

Water Source




Pool Features

Gas Heat, In Ground, Lap, Private, Waterfall

Listing Contact: (626) 205-4040 

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