1930s English Tudor by Gerard Colcord Listed in Los Feliz – DIRT – DIRT

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By Pauline O'Connor
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One thing you can say for L.A.’s most famous dynasty, the Chandler family, is that they had excellent taste in architecture. Among the properties owned at one time by various members of the publishing powerhouse clan are residences by such esteemed practitioners as Wallace Neff, J. Martyn Haenke, Stiles O. Clements, and Meyer & Holler.
For those keeping track, here’s yet another prize property to add to the list. Making its first appearance on the market in 48 years is a handsome Tudor Revival residence designed in 1936 for Philip Chandler, son of Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler, by renowned vernacular architect Gerard Colcord.
Located in the Los Feliz hills just south of Griffith Park, the English country-style manor is cloistered behind a dense wall of trees and hedges with only its detached two-car garage visible to passers-by. A flagstone path leads to the main entry of the brick-and-half-timbered home, which contains five bedrooms and five and a half baths within its 4,755 square feet.

On its entry level are the living room, family room, formal dining room, updated kitchen, breakfast room, library, and staff quarters, with the upstairs devoted to the four remaining bedrooms and baths. Rustic country-house charm — Colcord’s specialty — can be found at every turn, in its warm wood paneling, multiple cozy fireplaces, beamed ceilings, diamond-paned windows, French doors, and built-in window seats and bookcases. The cozy, compact inglenook is a quintessential Colcord feature.
Along with a swimming pool and gazebo, the half-acre grounds feature mature fruit and shade trees, sitting areas, dining terraces, a barbecue, and a children’s playground.
The property was last purchased in 1975 by Ron Paul, a thoracic surgeon, and Ann Whitford Paul, a best-selling children’s book author who got the inspiration for her first book, “Owl at Night,” from a bird that frequented the home’s yard. It’s now up for sale with an asking price a smidgen under $4.5 million. Bret Parsons and Aaron Montelongo of Compass hold the listing.
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