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Actress Sela Ward's onetime home in Hancock Park retains its 1930s elegance

Actress Sela Ward's onetime home in Hancock Park retains its 1930s elegance
The 1930s home in Hancock Park was restored and updated by actress Sela Ward during her ownership. It's now for sale at $5.995 million. (Sotheby's International Realty)
Before they moved on to bigger things and a bigger project in Bel-Air, Emmy Award-winning actress Sela Ward and her husband, Howard Sherman, left their mark on this handsome home in historic Hancock Park.
The couple updated and restored the 1939 French Country-inspired home, designed by El Capitan Theater architect Stiles O. Clements for art patrons Mildred and Lucius Green, before selling in 2005 to American Rag CEO Mark Werts for about $3.8 million. Werts would eventually flip the home two years later for $4.695 million.
Now for sale at $5.995 million, the five-bedroom, six-bathroom home retains its vintage curb appeal with a broad roofline, arched dormers and vines wrapping the exterior.
Interiors of more than 5,000 square feet invite intimate and large-scale entertaining with grand formal areas done in parquet wood floors, delicate wainscoting and elaborate chandeliers. Rows of slender picture windows bring the manicured grounds inside.
A writer’s nook has a wall of bookshelves and French doors opening to the outside, and an updated kitchen centers on a wide center island. Three bedroom suites reside in the main house, with the third-floor acting as a dedicated guest suite.
Another guest suite sits the above the garage.
Formal gardens, outdoor sitting areas and a swimming pool and spa fill the hedged and gated setting. A sports court sits off the gardens to complete the nearly half-acre grounds.
R.L. Morgan of Sotheby’s International Realty is the listing agent.

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