The listing agents were Barry Sloane of Sotheby's International Realty's Beverly Hills office and Brett Lawyer of Sotheby's Sunset office, according to the MLS. Maryann Kuk of Housing Solutions, Los Angeles, represented the buyer.
A Los Feliz home once owned by Clifford E. Clinton, the founder of the L.A. institution Clifton's Cafeteria, is on the market for $1,799,000.
Built in 1928 as the gateway to Los Feliz, the Spanish-style two story is a treasure trove of original features, including tile mosaics, stained glass, Art Deco light fixtures and Catalina tile. The peg-and-groove oak floors have never been sanded.
The Clintons bought the house in 1936 and lived there until 1949, according son Don Clinton. He recalls sleeping as a child on the outdoor sleeping porch and jumping off a diving board to catch a trapeze that hung above the pool.
The elder Clinton was described as a reform politician in Times reports from the '30s. He was involved in a grand jury vice investigation in 1937 when a bomb went off in the home's kitchen. Clinton had the habit of having a late-night snack before retiring, and the explosion was timed accordingly. On the night of the bomb incident, he happened to be out, and no one was hurt.
The 5,866-square-feet house has three fireplaces, a two-story entry, a step-down living room with coffered ceilings, a cocktail lounge, a billiard room, six bedrooms and five bathrooms. It is described in the Multiple Listing Service as a "big fixer with big reward."
The listing agents are Chris Laib and Ron McGee of Keller Williams Realty, Los Feliz.
Laughing all the way to bank?
Comedy writer Shelley Zellman recently sold her Sherman Oaks home for $779,000.
The property was on the market for only five days when the offer was accepted, the MLS shows. The Spanish-style house had been listed at $829,000.
The gated residence, with 1,718 square feet of living space, sits on a hilltop and is entered through an ivy-covered courtyard with a waterfall. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home has a fireplace, skylight and French doors in the living room. There are valley, canyon and treetop views. Outdoor features include a wraparound deck, a wet bar and a fire pit.
Zellman has written for such TV shows as "Newhart" (1983-89), "Three's Company" (1981-83) and " Barney Miller" (1978-79).
Diane Katz of Prudential California Realty, Encino, had the listing. Victoria Silver of Keller William Realty's Sunset office represented the buyer.