We often poke fun at the flowery language used in real estate copy, but this week, we took the opportunity to tour this Hollywoodland Mediterranean designed by Elmer Grey and darned if it doesn't warrant some hyperbole. According to listing agent Rose Ware, Grey (architect of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Pasadena Playhouse, and Wattles Mansion) began building the house around 1922 and finished it about four years later. It's unclear who originally commissioned the house (subsequent owners include Tonight Show bandleader Skitch Henderson), but presumably they were of a religious bent, as the top floor contains a small chapel complete with Della Robbia wall fountain. Other notable features of the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath property include a formal entry with mosaic terrazzo floor, well-preserved Malibu tile, vintage light fixtures and windows, coved ceilings, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, multiple patios, a fancy kitchen with "Sub-Zero refrigerator, six-burner Wolfe stove and Thermador dishwasher," and the proverbial breathtaking views. Asking price for the 3,267-square-foot residence is $1.995 million.
· Elmer Grey, circa 1926 [Official Site]