This stately country-style home in La Cañada Flintridge was built in 1923 for the family of Standish Mitchell, a former CEO of the Automobile Club of Southern California.
As it happens, the 5,492-square-foot home was designed by Sumner Hunt and Silas Burns, who also designed the club’s recognizable headquarters in University Park—as well as the Southwest Museum. (Hunt also designed the original plans for the Bradbury Building.)
If the home looks familiar, perhaps you’ve seen it in one of its many film appearances. Per the listing, the residence has played prominent roles in the original In-Laws with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, The Good German, and The House Bunny (in which its interiors subbed in for the Playboy Mansion).
But the home has plenty to offer beyond pedigree and IMDB credits.
Containing six bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths, the expansive interior features original hardwood floors, fireplaces, crown moldings, and even a few era-appropriate bathroom fixtures.
The kitchen and an adjacent laundry room have been renovated and equipped with modern appliances. But listing agent Brett Furrey tells Curbed the owners have taken care to preserve the home’s original character, bringing in Marla Felber of FK Design Group and Tim Lindsay of the Virginia Robinson Gardens to assist with the updates.
Perhaps the most attractive feature of the property is all the space around the house.
Located on 2.4 acres, the gated home is accessed by a long, winding driveway and surrounded by a forested, park-like yard. The back of the home includes several patios and balconies for admiring the scenery, while an elegant swimming pool adds to the home’s Old World sense of restrained luxury.
Asking price is $5.85 million.
- 632 Berkshire Avenue [Brett Furrey | Podley Properties]