The Desser Residence, 1966, Thomas W. Woodman A.I.A. Near the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, this Mid-Century Modern gem in the Altos de Monterey area of South Pasadena is sited on a large flat lot with sprawling gardens and mature fruit trees. Reimagined in 2009 by noted architecture firm, Chu + Gooding, the home has undergone an extensive renovation while maintaining its mid-century roots. With two proportional wings, the trapezoidal structure maintains a clear distinction between the living areas and bedrooms. Walls of glass on all sides grant easy access to the exterior from many rooms. An incredible attention to detail has been paid to all aspects of this home: its floating, gallery style walls, poured concrete fireplace deck, gorgeous wood paneling, high-end appliances in the kitchen and speakers in virtually every room. This is a very unique home, oozing style and refinement. Very close to the coveted Monterey Hills Elementary School.