One of the things that I love about L.A. is that you can find sterling examples of pretty much every style of residential architecture in existence. This English Arts and Crafts home with Tudor accents is stunning, thanks in large part to its architect, Sumner P. Hunt (Hunt, Eager and Burns).
But kudos also go to a former owner who took on a comprehensive refurbishment at the turn of this century that included the impressive task of removing bricks, reversing them and putting them back in place to reveal their more well-preserved side. Seriously.
The main level is designed for living and entertaining in style, starting with this striking mahogany-paneled entry hall with rising staircase.
The home, which is a registered Los Angeles Cultural Monument, was built for Henry O'Melveny, dean of the California bar and partner of the law firm known today as O’Melveny & Myers. O’Melveny owned the home until he died in 1941.
Sumner Hunt was quite the prestigious architect, though perhaps more well-known for his work on public buildings than residences. Some of those buildings, which remain as L.A. landmarks today, are The Ebell, the Southwest Museum and the Automobile Club of Southern California.
The home features extensive use of beautiful woods, including mahogany and Oregon pine. The banquet-sized dining room, pictured here, includes a fireplace and French doors that open up to the veranda.
And what a beautiful veranda it is.
The home’s library, with wood paneled walls and fireplace, also features a massive stained glass window to create “fiery gems for you” (as Graham Nash once sung).
I suppose that with 7 bedrooms, 8 baths, and over 9700 square feet of living space, cleaning a house like this can be be tiring. Or just getting from one end to the other, for that matter. So, it’s nice to have cozy little rest stops like this one at the head of the stairs.
The second level features a luxurious master suite with fireplace, sitting area and walk-in closet, another large bedroom suite with fireplace and sitting area, and three more bedrooms with access to terraces. The two-room guest quarters provide privacy and a welcome retreat for guests or family. The third level offers a huge attic that has been fully finished into a great entertaining/play room.
The estate rests on a double lot and overlooks expansive lawns, gardens and magnificent park-like grounds with mature trees, pond, pool and outdoor fireplace. It also features a full basement with a large wine cellar and room for a humidor.
To top it all off, this property falls under the laws of the Mills Act, meaning your neighbor will be jealous of your tax breaks.