678 Alta Vista Drive | deasypennerpodley
678 Alta Vista Dr
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
9,125sf lot

Spectacular Views of The San Gabriel Valley & The Skyscrapers of Downtown Los Angeles

Ensconced at the top of the Sierra Madre Lower Canyon is this charming three-level home, offering a peaceful, secluded, and rustic setting. Built in 1948, this home provides three bedrooms and three baths with ample storage space. The home boasts spectacular views of the San Gabriel valley and the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles. The living room has an 18-feet-high A frame style ceiling with windows to bring the outdoor in as well as plenty of sun light. Hardwood floors and a beautiful brick fireplace to make for a cozy and inspiring environment. The living room leads to a front deck overlooking the grounds and breathtaking views! The kitchen features granite counters, wood cabinetry, and a large farm-style sink. Adjacent is a nice dining area allowing space for gatherings! A Dutch door leads to a quaint upper deck, making for a serene place to dine alfresco and enjoy the outdoors. There is also a large pantry area with windows facing west, providing ample storage or other creative uses. 

The lower level features a fireplace with a 60’s style step down area for sitting or relaxing. There are two rooms, making up large private-quarters, allowing for more inspiration and creativity! There is also a bath with shower stall, a large walk-in closet, and a laundry room. The upstairs has two bedrooms, one of which is the master suite. A large bath centers the area and also features a spacious walk-in closet. The master bedroom has a loft feel, and overlooks the living room. An added comfort is the efficient and eco-friendly Daikin multi-zone cooling and heating system. The outdoors offers a beautiful and serene setting with three-tiered patio and yard areas. A private two-car garage is situated at the lower level of the property, and there is parking for up to eight cars, an unheard-of feature in the canyon. This dream home with endless inspiration provides outdoor living at its finest.


About the Seller

This home is owned and occupied by Frank Simes, composer, producer and musical director of The Who. Frank and his family have enjoyed this home for the past 15 years!

Starting in the music industry at an early age Frank Simes has toured with Mick Jagger, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, The Who, and many other top recording stars. Frank has composed over 1400 pieces of music and is the recipient of nine platinum records with such artists as Rod Stewart, Don Henley and various sound track albums.

Living in the serene setting of this Alta Vista Dr. home has provided years of creativity and inspiration! While living here, Frank has created musical scores for three of The Who’s major tours, composed music for TV, film, and commercials and, together with his wife Lisa Verlo, they have written and composed three original musicals.

Says Frank about his Alta Vista Dr. residence:
“Living here afforded me the best possible world in at least five ways! One, the peace and seclusion was the perfect environment for inspiring my creative work. Two, the canyon neighborhood is entirely removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, and yet it wouldn’t take long to drive to my meetings, recordings or performances in Hollywood, Beverly Hills or Orange County. Three, the feeling of safety and security that the home offers is unparalleled in any other district of Los Angeles. Four, the presence of wildlife in the canyon is an exciting aspect of living here. Five, being very much a warm, genuine community and friendly neighborhood, here even strangers smile and wave hello as they pass each other on the street. This is a rare and longed for practice in LA!”

  • Hardwood Floors
  • 2 Fireplaces
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • French Windows
  • Multi-Zone AC & Heat
  • Four Entryways
  • Outdoor Decks
  • Patio Areas
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