Civil rights attorney and television legal analyst Lisa Bloom and her husband, Internet entrepreneur Braden Pollock, were the buyers of the infamous so-called Los Feliz murder house that sold last week for about $2.3 million in a probate sale.
Sitting on a hillside overlooking downtown L.A., the stately Spanish Colonial Revival gained notoriety in 1959, when then-owner Dr. Harold Perelson killed his wife in the master bedroom before taking his own life, according Los Angeles Times archives.
Subsequent owners, a Lincoln Heights couple and their son who later inherited the house, never moved into the home. It eventually fell into disrepair as it sat dormant for more than half a century — becoming a local landmark and an attraction for thrill-seekers in the process.
Despite a grisly past and a definite need for some TLC, the property is not without pedigree, nor a Hollywood connection.
The three-story home was designed by architect Harry E. Weiner and built in 1925 for prominent businessman Harry Schumacher of the Schumacher Distributing Co. Other owners included German filmmaker Frederic Zelnik and his wife, silent film star Lya Mara.
Within the 5,050 square feet of interior space is a formal entry, living and dining rooms, a library/study, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. On the top floor, a ballroom has a rolled ceiling and wrap-around bar.
A three-car garage sits off the street, while another two-car garage is reached by a long drive.
The house originally listed for sale in March for $2.75 million. The exact sale price was $2,289,500.
Nancy Sanborn of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties was the listing agent. Scott Pinkerton of Wish Sotheby’s International repped the buyers.
Bloom, 54, anchored the truTv news series “Lisa Bloom: Open Court” from 2001-09 and has been a legal analyst for “The Today Show” since 2013. She is the only daughter of high-profile civil rights attorney Gloria Allred.
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