971 San Pascual Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90042

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About 971 San Pascual Avenue

In 1998, Alain Betrancourt, a cinematographer, welder, carpenter, and chef acquired the 27,000 square foot lot ( at 971 San Pascual Avenue.  The next 24 years was a loving dedication to preserving, constructing and restoring this Highland Park family compound/retreat into something out of a Whitman poem.  The result is a 3,000+ square foot single family home set within a flourishing natural ecosystem with an accessory dwelling unit, workshop, a tree house, a stainless steel tiny-home, an Arroyo river rock wine cellar and over 150 carefully selected trees that are irrigated from a natural spring. 

The main residence offers eight bedrooms, four bathrooms a commercial grade kitchen, a photo/film studio with high ceilings and a workshop.  There is a beauty in the functionality of the main residence's floor plan that allows it to easily be reconfigured to create up to three separate residences.

Most recently the owner had used the main residence as three distinct units: a 3 bedroom/1 bath bungalow (Highland Park Bungalow), a 4 bedroom 2 bath home (California Loft) and a 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment (The Cloud).

The compound has been featured in publications, has been the setting for over 60 commercial shoots and has entertained countless guests from around the world.  

Part of the magic at 971 San Pascual stems from Mr. Betrancourt's love of architecture and nature which can be felt in how the residences are situated alongside the permaculture and native wildlife.  Each structure has been poured over with engineer-like precision, attention to privacy and sight lines while paying homage to the old-world craftsmanship of the property’s original owner, John C. Pfaucht (a builder with the famous Pasadena architecture firm Greene & Greene) who built the original bungalow for himself in 1923.

The grounds are park-like and woodsy with a variety of fruit trees, leafy greens and herbs thriving around each bend of the many walking paths throughout the grounds.  Mr. Betrancourt’s French sensibility around the importance of seasonality, high quality organic food and the company of others literally guided his hands to cultivate a communal farm to table lifestyle that is ready to be enjoyed by the next steward of 971 San Pascual Avenue.

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