Real Estate Report: Overgrown and Old-School in Los Feliz, $1.849M

 

In a neighborhood of neat houses and well-trimmed lawns, you have to wonder if the neighborhood kids are scared of this place. Inside, it's not scary at all.

The Basics: A four-bedroom, three-bath Spanish-style "villa" in Los Angeles' Los Feliz neighborhood, built in 1928 and asking $1.849M.

Not So Basic: Hiding behind the shrubbery, except for that eccentric entrance, with a paneled door in a Baroque arch set into a vaguely Romanesque gable behind wrought iron gates. So yes, we're loving it. Not to mention that it's slightly purple. Inside, the big welcoming foyer, with a balcony that's devoted to rented plants, apparently.

It looks like the stagers were enjoying themselves. Above, it's a few steps down into the living room. At one point in this house's interior design history, someone white-washed the beams and planked ceilings over the usual dark brown stain. Which means you can blame it on someone else; sandblasting might work.

The dining room and open kitchen have vintage patterned tile floors, probably Moroccan, that extend out to the garden, and the kitchen has been remodeled using some of its original cabinets. The house also retains all its old French-style doors and windows. No vinyl sliders here.

Plus the kitchen opens out to another paved area, long and somewhat narrow, but with room to build an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven. Many more pictures at the listing, including orchid and black vintage bathrooms, plus the house attracted a lot of attention yesterday on Curbed LA. Below, details of the wrought iron stair railing and tile work where the kitchen and dining room meet:

 

Listing: 5000 Finley Avenue, Los Angeles [Redfin] and seen previously at Curbed LA.

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