Director's old haunt

The former home of Orson Welles has come on the market. (Jeffrey Ong)

The former home of legendary director Orson Welles has come on the market in the Sunset Strip area at $1,285,000.

The gated one-third-acre compound includes a Southern Colonial-style main house built in 1921, a guesthouse and a swimming pool. Crown molding and wainscoting are among the period details.

Welles, who died at 70 in 1985, gained widespread recognition in 1938 with his panic-inducing "The War of the Worlds" radio adaptation of Martian invasion and for the 1941 film "Citizen Kane."

Sharona Alperin of Sotheby's International Realty's Sunset office is the listing agent.

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