Tech Entrepreneur Edward Kim Buys $8.5 Million Pasadena Estate

James McClain
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Veteran Silicon Valley tech executive Eddie Kim is a longtime resident of the Bay Area, where the tech unicorn he cofounded — payroll processor Gusto, now valued at a whopping $3.8 billion — is headquartered. But he was born and raised in the San Bernardino County city of Upland, Calif., so it’s perhaps no surprise that the hard-charging entrepreneur has plunked down $8.5 million for a stylish home in L.A.’s San Gabriel Valley region.

Located on what has long been considered one of the best streets in Pasadena, directly atop the San Marino border and just a quick jog to the fabled Huntington Library, the snazzy new Kim estate was originally built in 1956 as a Hollywood Regency-inspired midcentury modern and designed by celebrated local architect Theodore Pletsch, who built much of modern San Marino and famously designed in a wide variety of architectural styles. Pletsch was known for his pithy quotes, among them “I’m no Frank Lloyd Wright – never wanted to be,” and “I have lived with over 500 women—because I have [designed] over 500 houses.”

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