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Hollywood flashback in Hancock Park

September 04, 2005|Ruth Ryon | Times Staff Writer

This Hancock Park house was built in 1924 for Harry Warner, eldest of the four brothers who founded Warner Bros. Studios.

He hired A. Burnside Sturges to design the Georgian Colonial with niceties befitting a studio chief. The original screening room is still in the basement, and the estate has two maids' rooms, a grand entry, a guesthouse, a tennis court and a pool.

Warner sold the property after only a few years to gamble on talking feature films, helping finance one of the first successful ones, "The Jazz Singer" (1927), starring Al Jolson. It was followed by such Warner Bros. classics as "The Maltese Falcon" (1941), "Casablanca" (1942) and "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955).

The house is mentioned in the 1993 book "Hollywood Be Thy Name: The Warner Brothers Story," written by Cass Warner Sperling, the movie mogul's granddaughter.

About this house: This is the first time the home has been on the market in more than 55 years. It has been owned by the same family since December 1949.

Asking price: $4,595,000

Size: The house has seven bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms in 5,555 square feet. The lot size is half an acre.

Features: Hardwood floors have been restored. There is a library and an office, plus dining, family and living rooms. There are fireplaces in the guesthouse, living room and master bedroom.

Where: Hancock Park

Listing agent: Wendi Vodhanel, Coldwell Banker, Hancock Park South, (323) 222-4630 or (213) 247-4650.

To submit a candidate for Home of the Week, please send color interior and exterior images with caption information on a CD and a description of the house, including what makes the property unusual, to Ruth Ryon, Real Estate Section, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

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