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New owner’s Glendale home really is his castle

New owner’s Glendale home really is his castle
The castle-like Glendale home, built for actress Bertha Richter and later owned by actor-screenwriter John Gilbert, sold for $1.35 million. (Redfin.com | Inset: Getty Images)

Glendale's "Castle House," once home to actor-screenwriter John Gilbert, has sold for $1.35 million. The property came on the market in June at $1.449 million.

Built in 1929 for actress Bertha Richter, the house evokes a European fortress with its turret and parapets. The silent film actress never actually lived there, however. Leading man Gilbert, of "His Hour" and "The Merry Widow" fame, and his third wife, actress Ina Claire, were the first occupants.

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Stone lions stand sentry at either side of the stairs leading to the white-colored home, which sits atop a knoll of close to half an acre in the Glenoaks Canyon area. Details include diamond-shaped leaded-glass windows, ornate fixtures, detailed molding and paneled ceilings.

The 4,611 square feet of living space includes a rotunda foyer with a circular staircase, a wet bar and dual master suites. There are a total of four bedrooms and four bathrooms.

The property previously sold two years ago for $1.125 million.

Roubina Zargarian and Albert Babayan of Johnhart Real Estate were the listing agents. Art Sarkissian of the Art in Real Estate represented the buyer.

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