Real Estate Report: Old-School Spanish in Los Angeles, $9.25M

 

Not every day you see a house with seven bedrooms and its own parking lot. Almost completely un-remodeled. Just leave the kitchen alone.

 

 

The Basics: Seven bedrooms and five baths in Brentwood Park, a neighborhood in Los Angeles just north of Sunset Boulevard. Asking $9.25M, or $1.445M less than when it was originally listed in Novemeber 2010. On over an acre, also has a pool, chauffeur's quarters, a flower-arranging room, a rose garden and woodland paths, plus views of the Pacific Ocean. No air-conditioning.

Not So Basic: Aside from seven bedrooms? It was designed in 1926 by architect Reginald D. Johnson, best known for the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, to which it bears a strong family resemblance. According to realtor, it's on the market for the first time in fifty years, and despite a recent paint job and staging, it looks every minute of it. 

So we're nuts for the terrazzo-floored kitchen, where you could make dinner or perform surgery. Or both— every surface is washable, even the ceiling. Check out the dual exhaust over the range and the clock over the sink.

Below, one of a number of courtyards and patios around the house, another feature of the Santa Barbara Biltmore. There's a vine-covered pergola to the right.

The swimming pool, below, is just odd. And the cement tables and stools look like they came from a public pool in San Bernardino:

Below, the living room with a great fireplace:

The master bedroom and another of the seven bedrooms:

Another bedroom has a greenhouse-enclosed terrace, but we were sure you'd want to see what a flower arranging room looks like instead:

We have a feeling the air conditioning and systems upgrades needed here may be daunting. Check out the realtor's site— click on the virtual tour for more images. It's a beautiful house from another time.

Listing: 301 N. Rockingham Avenue, Los Angeles  [Redfin]

 

 

 

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