An ad man named Leonard Fenton has spent well over two decades now working on Los Feliz's Artemesia, the largest Craftsman house in the United States, and it is something. According to a story last year in Los Angeles, the 13,290-square-foot Artemesia was built by Frederick Engstrum, a "construction magnate" who built Downtown's lovely Rosslyn Hotel; he hired Frank A. Brown to design the house in 1913 and made sure it had all "the latest environmental and technical developments," including rainwater collection, electric intercom, central vacuuming system, and a record-setting Murray Harris built-in pipe organ. Just a couple of owners later, Fenton bought the house in the late 1980s and has been restoring and modernizing ever since; today it has eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms, that pipe organ, a carriage house, six fireplaces, a gate house, a sleeping porch with several Murphy beds, and new "swimming pool infrastructure" on 1.79 acres. Fenton listed the property for sale in 2012 at $11.995 million, but pulled it off the market more than a year ago. Now it's back asking $9.995 million.
· 5771 Valley Oak Dr [Redfin]
· Artemesia [Official Site]
· Biggest Craftsman House in the US (With Built-In Pipe Organ) Listed in Los Feliz Oaks For $12 Million [Curbed LA]