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Storybook Bungalow Court From the Silent Era Now Asking $2.5M in Hollywood

On North Formosa between Fountain and De Longpre Avenues in Hollywood lies a cluster of four Storybook-style cottages dating back to the silent film era. Though there's a popular longstanding belief that the whimsical cottages were built by Charlie Chaplin, there doesn't seem to be much concrete evidence to back this claim up (the generally reliable Movieland Directory meanwhile has a long list of dubious celebrity occupants). But that's just as well—the quaint courtyard complex is plenty notable regardless of the Little Tramp's involvement, as it's the earliest surviving multi-unit project designed by celebrated husband-and-wife team Arthur and Nina Zwebell.

Now on the market for the first time since 1990, the 1923 property contains two one-bedroom, one-bath cottages, two with two bedrooms and two baths, and a one-car garage for each unit. Features include hardwood floors, leaded glass windows, turrets, spiral staircases, beamed ceilings, and built-in shelving. Per the listing, the cottages are currently fetching rents ranging from $1,795 to $2,695 per month. Asking price for the vintage property (which seems like a decent candidate for Mills Act status, which allows tax breaks for historic properties) is $2.5 million.


· 1328 North Formosa Ave [Redfin]