I’m a big fan of Curbed L.A. for so many different reasons, but one of them is they are always on top of finding interesting houses for sale including their post yesterday on the wonderful Spanish home that just came on the market at 2400 Inverness Avenue in Los Feliz for an unmodest $7,500,000. Anyone who’s been reading this blog knows I love all of old Hollywood, but I have to admit, I am particularly partial to the Los Feliz Hills for both its amazing history and beautiful architecture. There are so many treasures found along the winding streets of the Los Feliz Hills, streets so carefully laid out by the tasteful William Mead, and the mansion at 2400 Inverness Avenue is certainly one of them. What particularly pleased me about this house was how well the renovation was done with a real eye to the beauty of history within its walls. In the hands of someone with less vision all those beautiful ornate ceilings would have been glopped over by gallons of Navajo White.
This house was built for the president of a luxury automobile company and it was clear Mr. Fuller (of Auburn-Fuller) wanted a residence that reflected his success in a big way. I think the architect, the talented Harry Hayden Whiteley, was more than up for the task creating a showy, but not garish house. The ceilings, the fireplaces, staircases, the siting of the house on its stunning view lot, everything seems to work (at least for me.) I am particularly taken by the bold, sweeping terrace opening up towards the city lights accessible from the living and dining rooms and the rotunda.
As I am also a sucker for “then and now” photos I’d like to post a few here showing what the O.R. Fuller House looked like in 1930 so you can see what it looked like then and what a great job whoever renovated it did on the place. After checking with my bank I have discovered I am a little short on the $7.5 million so I’m going to have to pass on this one, but hopefully someone who appreciates what a rare treasure this is will buy it and NOT paint the ceilings. How about you? The Curbed LA post may be seen here and the Redfin listing here.