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Longtime LA home of legendary Disney artist hits the market for $3.228M

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Built for pioneering Disney animator Frank Thomas

Images by Cameron Carothers, courtesy of Matthew Berkley

Now on the market for the first time is the longtime home of legendary Disney artist Frank Thomas. One of Disney’s “Nine Old Men” animators, Thomas was responsible for such iconic cinematic moments as Lady and Tramp sharing a plate of spaghetti, Pinocchio singing “I’ve Got No Strings,” and Bambi wobbling his way across a frozen pond.

In 1949, while working on the classic film Cinderella, Thomas also collaborated on the design of his family home in La Cañada Flintridge with architect Ted Criley, Jr. (one of author Alan Hess’s “Forgotten Modernists”) and renowned landscape architect Garrett Eckbo.

As befitting a Disney artist’s abode, the enchanting residence sits on a woodsy 1.77 acres. Measuring 3,500 square feet, it is, in the words of the listing, “a modern wood and glass celebration of slanting rooflines and asymmetrical layout.”

Along with four bedrooms and three baths, the midcentury time capsule features sliding glass doors, redwood-plank walls, beamed ceilings, two brick fireplaces, and a bevy of beautiful built-ins.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mills Act-protected property is asking $3.228 million.