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Only in L.A. will you find a house with such a storied history that it almost seems the stuff of fiction, filled with riveting episodes that include a bevy of high-profile owners, countless celebrity and politico guests, a movie star death, a multitude of film shoots, one very drawn-out lawsuit, a lengthy renovation captured by the cameras of a reality show and a subsequent sale that was the subject of another!
Located at 455 Lorraine Blvd. in tony Windsor Square, the Dorothy Chandler Estate, so named for its longtime owner, esteemed philanthropist and champion of the arts Dorothy Buffum Chandler, is easily one of the most notorious residences currently making up the L.A. landscape. (Please remember this is a private home. Do not trespass or bother the residents or the property in any way.) As detailed by our own Mark David for Variety back in 2016, the abode was originally built in 1913 for Peter Janss, the physician-turned-developer who was responsible for establishing Boyles Heights, Yorba Linda and Monterey Park, as well as several other SoCal areas.
Though the home’s provenance is a bit murky with everyone from Julia Morgan to William J. Dodd credited with its design, according to the Paradise Leased blog, the Beaux Arts-style pad was actually the work of Australian-born architect J. Martyn Haenke.
Situated on a well-manicured 0.83-acre corner lot, the impressive property stands like a monument to a gilded bygone era with a façade said to be modeled after the Palais du Petit Trianon in Versailles. Counting six bedrooms and eight baths spread across two stories in 9,329 square feet, the residence is certainly palatial in scope, size and design!
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