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Hancock Park Home Built by the Neighborhood’s Founder

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George Allan Hancock apparently constructed this home around the same time he subdivided the neighborhood

According to the listing, this slightly foreboding Tudor-style residence in Hancock Park was constructed in 1924 by none other than George Allan Hancock himself. By that point, the oil and land magnate had already donated 23 acres of land around his family home to LA County; today, that parcel is home to LACMA and the Page Museum. Hancock subdivided the neighborhood that is named for him in the 1920s and imposed strict guidelines on the aesthetic standards of the area—houses, for instance, were required to be set back from the curb at least 50 feet. Members of the Los Angeles elite began moving into the neighborhood almost immediately.

The six-bedroom, 5,368 square-foot home features original leaded glass windows, along with hardwood flooring and wood fixtures. There are also five fireplaces, including one that seems to be lined with some interesting Shakespearean-themed tile work. Property records show the home was last sold in 1977 for $360,000, and pictures suggest it will need a considerable update.

Other features of the home, which is situated on a half-acre lot, include a pool and tennis court. Per the listing, it’s a "place where many World Chess Champions, film stars, physicists and mathematicians have congregated." An earlier version of the listing indicated that it was also the site of poker games played by the Eagles, but the listing agents seem to have walked that claim back a bit. Asking price is $5.199 million.