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Grand Los Feliz Estate of the Man Who Wrote Hollywood's First Score Has Fallen on Hard Times

If they ever decide to make a sequel to Sunset Boulevard, this new listing in Los Feliz would make an excellent location. Occupying a 1.02-acre lot between Cromwell Avenue and Los Feliz Boulevard, the Mediterranean Revival estate was built in 1921 for Victor Schertzinger, a composer, screenwriter, and director of silent and sound films. An accomplished concert violinist, Schertzinger is credited with bringing music to the movie screen. He was the first to compose an original score to accompany a moving picture, and wrote the music for a number of popular songs, most notably "I Remember You."

According to the Los Feliz Improvement Association's historical survey, the estate's architect was Mark Roy Daniels, who previously served as the US National Parks superintendent, and was instrumental in laying out Bel Air. Contained within the sprawling property are a rather rococo main house with four bedrooms and five baths; a one-bedroom guesthouse designed by the illustrious firm of Morgan Walls & Clements; a lighted tennis court; a lute-shaped swimming pool; a cabana with kitchenette; an outdoor fireplace; a five-car garage; and lush landscaping. However, per the listing, the 93-year-old abode "needs TLC" and presents a "great opportunity" for investors or builders. Oh dear.

Last sold in 2005 for $3.327 million, it's now asking $6.25 million.


4120 Cromwell Ave [Redfin]