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Former Bela Lugosi property is for sale

The 1926 Hollywood Hills home that Bela Lugosi once owned features slate tile foyers, interior arches, vaulted beamed ceilings and has sweeping views.

April 29, 2011|By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
  • A house once owned by actor Bela Lugosi has sold in the Hollywood Hills.
A house once owned by actor Bela Lugosi has sold in the Hollywood Hills. (Everett Fenton Gidley )

A home once owned by actor Bela Lugosi, known for his early portrayals of Count Dracula on stage and screen, has come on the market in the Hollywood Hills at $2,367,000.

Called Castle La Paloma, the imposing red-brick 1926 Tudor features slate tile foyers, interior arches, vaulted beamed ceilings, copper gutters and a slate roof. Its 5,000 square feet of living space include an oversized living room, a library, a breakfast room, a butler's pantry, five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a service wing. There are city, canyon and mountain views from the site, more than a quarter-acre site.

Beyond his trademark role as a vampire, Lugosi, who died in 1956 at 73, played a series of villains. He starred in "White Zombie" (1932), "Bride of the Monster" (1955) and "Plan 9 From Outer Space" (1959). The Movieland Directory places Lugosi at the Beachwood Canyon address in the 1940s.

Konstantine Valissarakos of Sotheby's International Realty, Los Feliz, is the listing agent.

lauren.beale@latimes.com

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