The late SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg’s mid-century modern home in San Marino is on the market for $ 4 million.
Known as the Thompson-Moseley House, the post and beam was designed by the architects Buff, Straub and Hensman in 1959 and later rebuilt. It has four bedrooms and bathrooms, a walk-in bar retreat and large glass surfaces.
Floor-to-ceiling glass walls, windows and skylights flood the interior with light. Despite all the glass, the house is on a small hill on more than half a hectare of land, which is separated from the neighbors by old trees.
A lap pool and a detached guest house and art studio fit into the back yard.
In the main residence, a large brick fireplace with a raised fireplace anchors the living room. There is a smaller fireplace in the cave.
The house is one of hundreds designed by the Pasadena-based partnership of Conrad Buff III, Calvin C. Straub and Donald Hensman, the most famous of which is Case Study House # 20B (Saul Bass House) in Altadena, built in 1958.
Hillenburg and his wife Karen bought the house in 2006 for $ 2.5 million. They then brought in LA-based architecture firm Space International to update the property in the 21st century.
The improvements included a new open kitchen and an expanded master suite that encompasses an entire wing of the house and offers garden views from the bedroom and spa-like bathroom.
The addition of light gray stone, reclaimed oak flooring, and white oak built-ins are in keeping with the original mid-century design.
George Penner from Deasy Penner Podley is keeping the listing.
Hillenburg, who died in 2018 at the age of 57 of the neurodegenerative disease known as Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), was an animator and former marine biology teacher. While working at the Ocean Institute at Dana Point, he created a comic book teaching children about tidal pools. It later became the successful Nickelodeon series “SpongeBob SquarePants”.
The absurd comedy series about the tiki-soaked underwater world of a sociable sea sponge premiered in 1999. Since then, hundreds of episodes, three feature films and a Broadway musical have been created.