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John Woolf’s former Beverly Crest residence asks $6.3M

The architect gave the 1926 home a boisterous makeover

Large entrance with statue out front Photos by Matt Wessels, courtesy Mercer Vine

Though originally constructed in 1926, this stately six-bedroom home was given a characteristically over-the-top makeover by onetime owner John Elgin Woolf. The architect reportedly lived in the home in the late fifties and early sixties, before moving on to a modernist home that Craig Ellwood designed for Arts & Architecture’s influential Case Study series. (Woolf and his partner, interior designer Robert Koch Woolf, also gave that home a thorough remodel in their signature Hollywood Regency style.)

Located in the “Crest Streets” neighborhood just north of Beverly Hills, the 5,367-square-foot home is situated on a nearly half-acre lot with pristine views across the LA Basin. Not surprisingly, then, the listing notes that buyers could “[b]ring this iconic home back to life or start from scratch with one of the best parcels Los Angeles has to offer.”

View across city
Side of house with stone walkway in foreground
Interior of home with large columns

Should new owners choose the latter option, they’ll be saying goodbye to high, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, a pair of fireplaces, ornate columns, mirrored walls, five (presumably pastel-colored) bathrooms, and a particularly regal gazebo. Asking price is $6,274,995.

To see more of the home, check out this excerpt from its appearance on Million Dollar Listing.