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Pioneering Cinematographer's 1920s Spanish House in the Hills on Market For First Time in 50 Years

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Here's one of those listings that manages to be extremely intriguing and insanely frustrating at the same time. Perched atop Hilltop Road in Hollywood Heights, at the end of a long driveway guarded by two stone lions, this 1929 Spanish-Mediterranean Revival was once the home of pioneering cinematographer Carroll H. Dunning, who "developed the first processing method for filming actors in a studio and later adding background that was photographed elsewhere." The 4,300-square-foot residence was originally designed as a single-family dwelling, but at some point got converted—legally, per the description—into a duplex.

It's now on the market for the first time in 50 years, and that mournful sound you hear is the property crying out for the services of a professional photographer and stager. Or AT THE VERY LEAST for someone to pick up the damn towel and Pabst Blue Ribbon box off the floor of its tragically bastardized kitchen. As of this writing, the listing contains a paltry 19 photos in its gallery, one of which is a Google Earth overhead shot, and few of which showcase the seven-bedroom, three-bath house to its best advantage. Which is both a shame—because despite the amateurish pics, the old gal still looks to offer plenty of character and craftsmanship—and shameful, given the steep asking price of $2.8 million.

· 1951 Hillcrest Road [Estately]