Spectacular Arts & Crafts Mansion in the Hollywood Hills, $10M


Built in 1913 for Frederick Engstrom, an early Los Angeles real estate and construction magnate, and weighing in at over 13,000 square feet, this very grand house has a name– Artemesia, presumably named after the Greek goddess of the hunt, or a variety of daisy. Built just five years after Greene & Greene’s iconic Gamble House in Pasadena, it’s got everything you’d expect in a great Arts & Crafts house, with a sweeping exterior of deep, timbered eaves, gables and terraces on the edge of a canyon:

Unlike the Gamble’s austere, handcrafted interiors, Artemesia’s main rooms head in the direction of a more extravagant Tudor/Renaissance Revival:

The living room– which has one of the largest pipe organs ever installed in a private home– all now in perfect condition after decades of impeccable restoration by the owner:

The almost Elizabethen front door, and a detail of the main staircase:

What We Love: Aside from appreciating the years of obsessive work that went into the house– all of which make it now completely liveable– the multiple outdoor spaces are wonderful. Broad terraces and a restored sleeping porch, plus two acres, so there’s got to be room for a pool somewhere:

Sleeping outdoors was a health fad at the turn of the 19th Century, and Artemesia has five Murphy beds on its sleeping porch:

The recent, renovated kitchen, waiting for your caterer:

More: There are additional images at the agent’s website, but the dedicated site– with video and archival images– is worth a visit. There’s even more about the history of the property at the LA Times. Below, Artemesia’s view of Los Angeles at dusk: