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Buy The Ruins Of A Silent Film Star's Franklin Avenue Mansion

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[Before image via Moore's Postcard Museum]

Anita Stewart was a 1920s silent film star, notable enough to merit a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and though she couldn't quite make the transition to talkies, she retired from movies as one of the wealthiest women in Hollywood. When she lived in this turn-of-the-century house, it was a beautifully maintained mansion. There's no information about its history since Stewart's death in 1961 (or before that), but whatever transpired, it was bad. The terrace that was once on the front of the house disappeared and took the front of the house with it. An entire wing is just open in the back, with the bones of the house exposed to the elements. The listing has written this six-bedroom, six-bathroom broken dream off as a teardown, and that's probably what's going to happen because there's rarely such a thing as a $2.899-million fixer.

· 7425 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA [Estately]