2285 La Granada Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Priced At $2,499,000
Located in The Hollywood Dell, 2285 La Granada Drive showcases the best of early-Los Angelesâ€™s favored architectural styles including Spanish, Mediterranean, and Andalusian. Just look at famed architect Julia Morganâ€™s early 1920â€™s designs for W.R. Hearstâ€™s guesthouses at his Hearst Castle compound and youâ€™ll see how these design trends combined during the Spanish Revival decade (1920-1930) to produce a home like this one.
Double-height ceilings soar overhead in the main living area. A fireplace is flanked by two elongated stained-glass windows. Floor-to-ceiling South-facing windows allow maximum daylight into the space and look toward the city below. Custom hand-stained oak floors lie beneath.
The homeâ€™s formal dining room is perfect for elegant entertaining with built-in shelves for china, crystal, or other collections. Just off the dining room is the homeâ€™s library (with more built-ins), which is a great place to â€œretireâ€ after dinner for conversation or a look at surrounding landscape outside of its bank of arched windows.
Another versatile living space is the houseâ€™s family room with its built-in media wall and shelves. This room is accessible from the library or from the residenceâ€™s impressive kitchen. It also has French doors out to a serene patio.
As mentioned, the homeâ€™s chef’s kitchen is adjacent to the family room. It has all of todayâ€™s wish-list of custom kitchen items like two sinks, high-end stainless-steel appliances, center island, rare Kirkstone countertops, custom floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, and butler’s pantry with refrigerated wine storage. In a great form-meets-function touch, windows over the main kitchen sink open to a serving bar that makes passing drinks to guests outside on the kitchenâ€™s massive outdoor dining area a breeze. There is also room for informal eating or hanging out in the kitchenâ€™s ample breakfast area, which also opens to a patio.
The master retreat includes an ample sitting area with arched windows to provide a respite from entertaining downstairs. Peace, quiet and solitude are augmented by romantic original windows and built-in niches. Its en-suite bathroom is the ultimate in an in-home spa-experience. The over-sized room has a soaking tub, step-in glass-enclosed spa shower, two sinks, stained-glass windows. A walk-in wardrobe provides plenty of room for storage.
Three additional guest rooms (including maid’s suite with separate entrance) plus generous laundry area make this house the perfect one for a growing family or extended-stay guests.
And speaking of extended stays: Neighborhood lore maintains that former inhabitants of 2285 La Granada Drive include silent movie star Pola Negri (who was also Rudolf Valentinoâ€™s lover), previous-owner-of-record Gail Harris Getty (wife of oil scion John Paul Getty II), and current Hollywood heavyweight Robert Downey, Jr. (the Ironman reportedly rented the house for some time).
BONUS ALERT: Often the question is, â€œWhich bedroom should be the office?â€ But no need for that concession here at 2285. A rooftop artistâ€™s studio/writer’s retreat/office floats high above Hollywood and provides plenty of privacy — the perfect place for at-home work inspiration. This versatile bonus space features French doors, built-in storage, AC, skylights, and private viewing deck.
Outside the impressive home are rolling grassy lawns with mature olive and palm trees, fruit orchard, a play/lounge area with artificial grass, a 2-car garage + 1-car garage (2 off-street enclosed parking spaces plus storage), a gated motor court accommodates multiple autos, and a gated pedestrian entry. There is also plenty of room to add a pool.
2285 is close to all Hollywood, Universal City, and Studio City have to offer (see NEIGHBORHOOD tab for more info on the surrounding areaâ€™s highlights).