The Antonio Moreno estate, a 1930 mansion named for the film star who lived in it until 1935, has sold for $4.2 million.
The Mediterranean Revival has a two-story living room, five separate bedroom wings and 7 1/2 bathrooms in 8,081 square feet. The home sits on more than half an acre in gated Laughlin Park in the Los Feliz area. There is a period kitchen, original tile bathrooms, a guesthouse and a recording/editing studio.
The house and its two-story detached garage cost $27,300 to build during the Depression, according to Pasadena-based building biographer Tim Gregory. It last sold for $1.66 million in 1996, public records show.
Moreno, an actor from the silent film era through the 1950s, was the home's first owner. Although he was married to oil heiress Daisy Canfield Moreno when he moved in, they were estranged. She died in 1933, when her car went over a cliff off Mulholland.
The suave matinee idol was often cast as a "Latin lover" in his early films and played opposite Greta Garbo and Clara Bow, among others. With the advent of talking pictures he directed and starred in several Spanish-language films made in Mexico before returning to Hollywood as a character actor. His later work included "Thunder Bay" (1953) and "Creature From the Black Lagoon" (1954). He died in 1967 at age 79.
The listing agent was Brett Lawyer of Sotheby's International Realty's Sunset office. Stamie Karakasidis of Keller Williams Realty's Sunset office represented the buyer.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times