Cecil B. DeMille’s one-time residence has been listed; the property’s asking price is $24.95 million. The legendary director called the estate home for nearly fifty years. It hasn’t seen the light of the market in about ten years, when it failed to sell at a little under $20 million.
The property is situated in Laughlin Park, a quietly upscale little nook in Los Feliz, itself a quietly upscale little neighborhood. It incorporates a main residence, guest house, tea house and a detached studio house. It was lovingly restored and updated by its current owners, who spent six years on the project in the 2000’s. The main house was originally constructed in 1913.
All told, there are six bedrooms and ten baths amid the 10,000 square feet of interior living space. It’s a familiar exterior to those who know L.A., or the residences of mythological Hollywood figures, but it’s interesting to have a look inside. A Beaux-Arts mansion, the foyer begins a progression, with the rooms of the home blossoming in all directions.
The renovation has left some more overt historical features intact; the kitchen stove, for example, is itself an artful renovation. Mansion-design tropes of the period abound: library with rail ladder, mahogany paneling, marble fireplaces, a niche tub with subway-tiled backsplash, period light fixtures.
The studio house has had a retractable glass wall added, and is a lovely living space in its own right. The guest house, which faces the pool, is currently purposed as a fitness room. The grounds measure about two acres, and include gardens and meandering paths with spectacular views surveying the landscape and Pacific.
The current owners—art consultant Lisa Lyons, and writer Richard Grossman—share a love of architecture. They hired architects and designers Tichenor & Thorp for the restoration of the DeMille property.