Living Large in L.A. - Past and Present

Wed, 2012-08-15 00:21 -- David Kubiczky
Artemisia Estate, The Oaks, Los Feliz,
Artemisia Estate on Canyon Drive, in The Oaks Community of Los Feliz,

Every week, the brokers’ open house caravan features new homes on the market and it’s not at all uncommon to see beautiful mansions targeted at buyers with deep pockets and a penchant for the extreme.  This week, however, was particularly interesting because it included two homes that represent grand Los Angeles lifestyles, but from very different eras.  

PART 1

My day began with a tour of the Artemisia estate in The Oaks neighborhood of Los Feliz. This property has actually been on the market a little over a month, but I didn’t have a chance to see it during the original open house. Boy, am I glad I was able to see it today.  The early 1900’s sa) a gush of very high quality craftsman style homes being built in the greater Los Angeles area. And there are plenty of beautiful examples from that period still standing today, everywhere from Pasadena to Santa Monica.  But the Artemisia is a remarkable house that stands in a league of its own. 

Built in 1913, the Artemisia features an English Arts and Crafts interior with 13,290 square feet of living space, not including the guesthouse, making it the largest craftsmen residence in the country.  It includes 7 bedrooms, 7 baths, immense fireplaces, a shower thatls deep enough to drown in while standing, and almost 2 acres of wooded grounds with walkways and waterfalls. The entire home has been meticulously, and lovingly, restored by its owner who has lived there for 25 years. Even the “boiler room” is like a mini museum. But, perhaps most impressive of all are the 2,000 square foot ballroom and the concert pipe organ.  Just the chambers that house the organ’s pipes are as larger than many bedrooms.  And if having a concert pipe organ in your house isn’t cool enough to impress your audiophile friends, maybe having the earliest version of surround sound might do the trick.  The organ design includes a separate echo chamber of pipes at the outer edge of the second floor for a special echo effect. One measure of a person’s wealth and stature at the time of construction was the size of their organ (no pun intended) and this happens to be the second largest in the country.  Unfortunately, the organ is not currently operational.  According to the owner, a full restoration (it’s not practical to do anything less) will run around $150K.  I figure if you’re going to spend $12MM to buy this place, you may as well spend an extra $150K to fix the organ.  Then, invite your top 100 friends over for an evening of silent movies accompanied by live organ. Be sure include the neighbors (Brad and Angelina are a stone’s throw away) so you can play it loud without anyone calling the police.  

5771 Valley Oak Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068
Listing Price: 
$9,995,000
Bedrooms: 
7
Bathrooms: 
7

Square Feet: 13,290
Lot Size: 78,013 sf
Price Per SF: $ 752.06
Year Built: 1913
Pool: Room For
Air: Central, Multi/Zone
Floor: Hardwood
Parking: Garage
Views: Canyon, City Lights, Ocean
Fireplace: Den, Dining, Family Room, Gas, Living Room, Master Bedroom, Other
MLS #: 13-643461
**Price per MLS listing as of 4/24/13
For complete listing information and current market status, click here.

If you would like to see this or any other property, call me to make an appointment. David Kubiczky, PLG Estates - 323.497.7555

Listing courtesy of Lee Ziff of Keller Williams - Beverly Hills. 310-432-6400