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1930s Mediterranean by Arthur Kelly asking $7M in Laughlin Park

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On the market for the first time in half a century

The property sits atop the highest point in the gated enclave.
Photos by Charmaine David, courtesy of Richard Stanley/Coldwell Banker

Up for sale for the first time since 1970 is Los Feliz’s Sparks-McLaren Residence. Located in the gated enclave of Laughlin Park, the stately Mediterranean Revival was designed in 1930 by Arthur R. Kelly, architect of the Harvard-Westlake School, the Wilshire Country Club, and the humble abode known as the Playboy Mansion. The home was built for mining investor Alexander McLaren, his wife, Esther, and Esther’s sister, Edith Sparks.

Sited on a cul-de-sac at the highest point in the celebrity-heavy development, the prize property enjoys wrap-around city, hillside, and Griffith Park views. Measuring 4,412 square feet, it contains three levels. On the entry level, you’ll find the living room, formal dining room, family room, and kitchen; upstairs are four bedroom suites, and on the lower floor, guest quarters, a wine room with bar, and laundry room.

Notable interior features include beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, Palladian windows, French doors, multiple fireplaces, built-ins, and lovely Art Deco tile. Outside, there’s a sizable swimming pool, a tree-shaded patio, and a three-car garage.

The .32-acre property is listed with Richard Stanley of Coldwell Banker at an asking price of $7 million. Open houses are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The home has three fireplaces.
The formal dining room is lined with French doors.
The kitchen has been outfitted with professional-grade appliances.
The upper level has four en suite bedrooms.
Features include original tile and built-in vanities.
The mahogany-paneled library opens to a covered balcony deck.
Exterior features include several balconies, a tree-shaded patio, and heated swimming pool.