Bela Lugosi Sells Legendary Hollywood Hills Homeby Hugh Evans on August 2, 2011
The Hollywoodland House, an iconic LA structure situated above Beachwood and a place that Hollywood legend Bela Lugosi once called home, has been purchased.
Los Angeles has a rich history in many instances told by the beautifully authentic structures scattered throughout this city. So much of its charm comes from its ability to hold onto its original Hollywood appeal, which has continued to draw countless characters westward throughout the years including Lugosi, who moved to Los Angeles to transition his career from the stage to the talkies.
He would go on to play Dracula in the film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s iconic novel, a part that garnered him much fame. Today one can see Bela Lugosi’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, earning him a place in the pantheon of great Hollywood film stars.
The Hollywoodland House or Castle La Paloma was built in 1924. Comprised of Norman Brick, the home is almost entirely in its original condition featuring classic detailing throughout. From the Italian slate floor entries, to the deep mahogany work, handmade iron details, large iron bay windows and other grand features, the house is truly a masterpiece.
I was fortunate enough to experience this home firsthand as I represented the buyer of the home. The man who purchased the home is a Southern California businessman with a deep appreciation for the authentic architecture and rich history of the home. He has plans for a major multi-million dollar restoration of Bela Lugosi’s Castle La Paloma to restore it to its original glory – a happy end to a fascinating story.
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