An estate in Los Angeles' Los Feliz neighborhood that once was owned by actor Alan Ladd and his wife, Sue Carol, has sold for $2,550,000.
This is an item that we've been meaning to get around to writing about for some time, and today seems like as good of a day as any to write about it. First off, kudos to the Los Angeles Times' Ann Brenoff, who broke the story back on New Year's Eve of this house selling, even before the public records databases that we have access to showed the sale having closed. We had followed the listing closely in the MLS last year, and had noticed in December that the property was looking for backup.
However, it shouldn't be very surprising that a sale was consummated, even in this lousy market, given that the seller was willing to take $2,550,000 after having the house on the market for $3,495,000.
Records show that the property was purchased on December 23 by a songwriter (and no, you haven't heard of him). We also should give props to Blockshopper for writing on February 5 about this transaction.
In 1942, Ladd moved onto the property, which also has a pub house (which functioned as a well-known, celebrity-filled speakeasy during Prohibition) and a guest house. Ladd moved in after splitting with his wife, Marjorie Harrold, and then marrying actress-turned-socialite-and-talent-agent Sue Carol, who had bought the property with her then-husband, bandleader Nick Stuart, in 1931. Ladd and Carol remained on the property until moving out of it in the 1950s, according to listing information.
Built from 1926 until 1928, the estate's three-bedroom main house, which is at 4961 Cromwell Avenue in Los Feliz, measures either 2,983 square feet -- according to public records -- or 4,100 square feet, according to listing information. Features in the house, which was designed by architect Marshall P. Wilkinson, include two and a half baths, high ceilings, hardwood floors, three fireplaces (including one in the kitchen), original wood moldings, an intimate reading nook, an enhanced foyer with hand-painted Gracie wallpaper and a modern gourmet kitchen with a Viking stove and soapstone countertops, according to listing information.
The detached, Tudor-styled pub building is called the Silent Woman Pub and has one fireplace, a wood bar and surround sound, according to listing information. The two-room guest house has a full bath with original tile and ample storage space, according to listing information. Outdoor features on the walled and gated, 0.29-acre (12,799-square-foot) property include a two-car garage, a koi pond, a built-in outdoor barbecue, an irrigation system for the entire property, an automatic iron gate, low-voltage yard lighting throughout the property, a flat backyard, a terraced lawn and 19 different types of fruit-bearing trees, according to public records and listing information.
Check out an online listing sheet for the property -- complete with photos -- here.