Mapping LA’s most incredible lost mansions
These estates were torn down, but their stories are not forgotten.
How Old Hollywood and starchitecture built Santa Monica’s Gold Coast
The stars of the silver screen collided with the stars of architecture on a small strip of beachfront in Santa Monica.
Ravishing 1920s home modeled after Tuscan villa can be yours for $11.8M
It’s the former home of one of the top architects of Southern California’s Golden Age of architecture.
Spanish Colonial where Howard Hughes crashed his plane is for sale for $14.45M
The Wallace Neff-designed home has been thoroughly updated with a fantastic hand-painted ceiling and a lot of marble.
City committee says no to landmarking threatened Bel Air home designed by Wallace Neff
The owner plans to demolish the property, but the city officials didn’t find the French Revival home worthy of preservation.
Once-neglected Palm Springs hacienda by Wallace Neff is now a knockout
The property—which holds 10 bedrooms and features a pool, guest house, and fruit orchard—had fallen into such a shabby state, locals referred to it as "Grey Gardens."
Grand Wallace Neff fixer in Hancock Park sells for $5.75M
TV exec nabs lavish Neoclassical mansion built for Ralph Chandler in 1960. The estate includes a thirty-foot domed ceiling, herringbone wood floors, and elaborately carved wood accents.
1930s hacienda by Wallace Neff in Palm Springs can be yours for $3M
Built for the heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune, this Spanish-style estate, which holds 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a fruit orchard, and spa, was later neglected. It's been spruced up by a development firm, but still needs some polishing.
Lavish Neoclassical mansion by Wallace Neff asking $6M
Built in 1960 for Ralph J. Chandler, nephew of Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler, the 8,000-square-foot residence's design was influenced by the Garden Pavilion of Versailles and the Petit Trianon
Primed for a comeback: 1930s fixer in Palm Springs
Following decades of neglect, the 10-bedroom villa, built for Singer sewing machine heir Arthur Bourne, is being restored by preservation-minded development firm ReInhabit. So far, it has cleared away more than 90,000 pounds of debris.
Wallace Neff-Designed Colonial Asks $2.397 Million
This well-maintained manor by old Hollywood architect Wallace Neff has some quirky interior design and a lot of historic charm. The home features hardwood floors, a beautiful mahogany library, and apparently an extraordinary shower.