A Look at an Historic Hollywood Home.

This home is amazing.  I think it is one of those iconic Hollywood homes with a fascinating history.  Although not built by him, Charlie Chaplin lived in the home for several years in the 1920’s; later it was home to actress Mary Pickford.  Over the years it fell into gross disrepair and neglect, went into foreclosure and sold at auction in 1934 for $21,500.  Crazy!  Fortunately, over the past several years it was rehabbed by the owner and now has sold to comedian Andy Samberg and his wife.

The name of the home is Moorcrest.  Original construction was completed on this home around 1920.  The architect, Marie Russak Hotchner is responsible for several homes in the surrounding area.  At that time the area was known as Krotona Colony and it is where the Theosophist Society attempted to build a utopia.  Hotchner was hired to design the homes.

The home features an eclectic mix of architectural styles including Moorish, Mission Revival, Gothic and Art Nouveau.  Quite a mix!

As is typical of this area, the homes are built up the side of the canyon and so the lot has an odd shape.  An overhead view of the area may look cramped.

But as you can see in the photo below, the Hollywood sign is in the distance; the location is fantastic.

Photos: The magnificent Moorcrest, bought by Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom

Photos: The magnificent Moorcrest, bought by Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom

The exterior, with the pool and outdoor living areas seem remote and inviting.

I think it would be amazing, almost like a fairy tale to live in this home.  Have a great week!


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