Open House: Sunday, October 14, between 2 to 5 PM
355 South Rimpau Boulevard, Hancock Park
Beds, Bath: 6, 6
Floor Area: 6,508 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: "Located in the coveted Hancock Park, this timeless French Manor sits on an extra large lot with all the amenities of a modern household. Upon entry, the grand two-story foyer and curved staircase sets a tone of the elegance and integrity of the estate. Complete with 6 bedrooms/6.5 baths, and a separate guest apartment, a traditional floor plan with LR, DR, Library, Family Room/Eat-in Kitchen, Breakfast Area and 2 basements. A master suite with fireplace and sitting room overlooks a gracious back yard, complete with built-in outdoor kitchen, tennis court,swimming pool, play area, and large lawn...this estate has it all!!"
First, let's get the ugliness out of the way -- yes, the staging and photoshopped fires are atrocious. Other than that, the house is gorgeous. Per Curbed friend and former weekend open house/Houses of Hancock Park lover Woody, the house is/was owned by Mean Girls writer and 500 Days of Summer producer Mark Waters. That guy can do no wrong, so let's give him a hand for also owning this house. Built in 1927, we jumped into the 1940s census to see if anybody famous owned it at the time. Sadly the only name we could find as owner was one Grace R. Ridgway, age 55. No husband was mentioned, however neighboring homes were owned by lawyers, so perhaps the late-Mr. Ridgway was a lawyer.
· 355 South Rimpau Boulevard [Trulia]
· 355 S. Rimpau Bl.: Gay History: The Hetero Contribution [Houses of Hancock Park]