Rare 1928 Home in Pacific Palisades to Hit the Market

One of the oldest homes in Los Angeless’s Pacific Palisades neighborhood is being sold for the first time in nearly 60 years.

The Spanish colonial mansion, furnished with its original Moorish-style interior details, has dominated a corner lot on Corsica Drive for almost a century. The historic five-bedroom home and two-bedroom guest house, a later addition, are expected to be on sale next week for $ 9.888 million.

The house, built in 1928, is roughly as old as it gets in this exclusive section of Westside Los Angeles that, according to the local historical society, has few residential or commercial buildings from that decade. It was built in the same year as the famous Thelma Todd Sidewalk Cafe and an iconic residence called Villa Aurora, two other rare Spanish colonial landmarks in the Palisades, according to historical records.

The seller, an eighty-year-old whose family has owned the Corsica Drive property since the 1950s, has carefully preserved many of the home’s original features, said Michelle Schwartz, who lists it alongside Corey Kessler, both of The Agency.

Such details are encountered from the main entrance, which still bears its original Moorish tiles, a geometric design that also climbs a dramatic curved staircase. The tiles have been used for almost 100 years without a “hairline crack,” said Ms. Schwartz.

The tiles are also a century old.

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“There really is something to be said for a home that can last this long and retain its authenticity,” she added. Almost everything in the entryway is from the 1920s, including the wrought iron banister and antique stained glass windows, which the owners added a Tiffany chandelier.

“You wouldn’t even want to put an entry table there because it’s so beautiful,” she said.

Right behind the foyer, in a hallway that leads to one of several living rooms, is a telephone corner, another piece of nostalgia from the 1920s.

The home carries many of the architectural charms that decorators now like to mimic in modern homes, including dramatic exposed ceiling beams in the living rooms, old school slatted and plastered walls, and arched doors throughout. Such an archway from the foyer leads to a quirky octagonal dining room.

The next owners will surely give the house its own touch, the more eccentric details of which may not be for everyone. You won’t find slab marble in this kitchen, for example, where the worktops are clad with classic blue and yellow Spanish tiles. Same goes for the master bedroom suite, where the bathroom is clad from floor to ceiling in a green dove pattern that could be so retro it is cool.

“If you hold on to something long enough, it will come back,” said Ms. Schwartz.

The next owner could opt for major modernizations to the property, which does not currently have a pool. And a Spanish-style two-bedroom guest house added by a previous owner “could use a little love,” she added. It could serve as a guest house or as shelter for a nanny or housekeeper, she said.

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