Former Disney Store Worldwide President Lists Pasadena Spanish Colonial for $5.9M

Aerial View
Courtesy of Erik Grammer

Peter and Georgina Whitford's estate was designed by Wallace Neff in 1932 and has commanding views of the Rose Bowl stadium, Brookside Golf Course and nearby San Gabriel mountain range.

Former Disney Store worldwide president Peter Whitford is listing his Spanish colonial revival style Pasadena estate for $5.95 million.

The six bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom private enclave — home to Whitford, who also served as worldwide president of Disney Catalog and Disney Online, and his jewelry designer-wife Georgina, who is the founder of Designs by Georgina — was designed by notable architect Wallace Neff and constructed in 1932 for CalTech scientist Clark B. Milikan.

"The house was one of Wallace Neff’s three most favorite homes he designed, being so famous in Southern California and having his son give us a tour of the house as he saw it through the eyes of his father was a true blessing," Whitford tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Situated on 2.15 acres of hillside, the 9,008-square-foot home, which has been fully updated with HVAC, electrical, all-copper plumbing and pool resurfacing, is ideal for family living and entertaining guests. Upon arriving at the exterior entrance of the residence, a gated, private driveway ascends to a large tiled parking area that opens to the house's courtyard.

Indoors, a formal dining room, family room, living room, sun room, media room, wine cellar and den provide bountiful amounts of space for residents and visitors to lounge and relax. Throughout the home, beamed ceilings, tiled and hardwood floors and multiple fireplaces highlight the Spanish style throughout.

"Both Georgina and I enjoy each space differently, whether it is on the front terrace with the open fireplace entertaining guests and looking at sunsets across the San Gabriel mountain range, or the magnificent fireworks display on 4th of July looking across the valley and all the cities that participate with the grand finale at the Rose Bowl," Whitford, who is listing the home because of increased international travel, tells THR.

The homeowner revealed one of the residence's unique design secrets. "One of the interesting points is the house was built during the Prohibition area," Whitford said, adding, "and there is a secret room where they used to drink behind the butler’s pantry through a false door."

Outdoors, the circular patio with commanding panoramic views of the nearby San Gabriel mountain range, Brookside Golf Course and Rose Bowl stadium allow for a relaxing outdoor meal at the end of a long day to unwind with a fresh breeze. Within the hacienda's fully fenced grounds, which includes numerous walking pathways, over 200 citrus trees are rooted along with flower gardens and several species of California trees. Whitford says he hopes "the new owners will enjoy the array of non-fertilized purely organic fruit trees, especially the blood orange trees."

To bask in the sunlight or cool off during the warm Southern California days, a sparkling rectangular backyard swimming pool provides a private oasis to homeowners. Next to the pool, a guest house with an attached bathroom and kitchenette permits guests to have their own nearby independence on the grounds of the sprawling estate.

Whitford says of what he favors most about the location of the home: "The views, the privacy, the hills, the nature reserve next door, which is the gateway for wildlife to enter the mountain ranges, the birds and calmness that affords a small slice of the best of Pasadena."

Aason Alms of Partner's Trust is the listing agent.

View photos and video of the home below.

1500 Normandy Drive from Aason Alms on Vimeo.