Historic House Listings

California’s most expensive old house listing! Casa Encantada. $195,000,000

June 11, 2024

Welcome to California’s most expensive old house listing! This will be a fun follow up on “what did it sell for”. Casa Encantada was built in 1938. It is located on over eight acres in Los Angeles, California. The estate was designed by renowned architect, James E. Dolena. Meticulously restored by Peter Marino in the Art Deco style. Seven bedrooms and twenty bathrooms. $195,000,000

From the Zillow listing:


Casa Encantada, the finest Residence in the United States. Historic, iconic and timeless. Perched on an all usable 8.4-acre promontory overlooking the Bel AirCountry Club. Built in 1937 by renowned architect, James E. Dolena, it’s one of the most important examples of Los Angeles architecture. Meticulously restored by Peter Marino in the Deco Hollywood style of original interior designer – T.H. Robjohns Gibbons – every element has been thoughtfully considered. The scale and proportions are both grand and refined. The main residence features an elegant foyer with sweeping staircase leading to a grand entry hall with 14 ft ceilings. There is a spectacular formal dining room, jr. dining room, walnut paneled library, formal living room, and an informal living room with Art Deco lucite bar. All feature intricate period moldings, high ceilings, steel windows and abundance of natural light. Upstairs is equally detailed with a significant primary suite, featuring 2 sitting rooms, large main bedroom, double marble baths and closets. An additional 3 bedrooms provide for family or guests. An incredible pool pavilion, perfect for hosting large scale events, doubles as a professional movie/screening room. Irreplaceable and incredible landscape design by Benjamin Purdy. The grounds feature a tiled 60 ft pool, formal rose gardens, vegetable/herb garden, tropical botanical garden, N/S tennis court with viewing pavilion, sports court, and vast grass lawns. A full-sized paved road encircles the entirety of the property. Built to be the most important estate in the country, maintained and stewarded until today. A once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a legend.


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