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A Single-Story Traditional in Holmby Hills Is an Original

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Actor Alan Ladd--who starred in such movies as “This Gun for Hire” (1942), “Shane” (1953) and “The Carpetbaggers” (1964)--built this Holmby Hills home in 1948.

The traditional-style house was designed for Ladd by California architect Wallace Neff, who designed homes for such movie legends as Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Joan Bennett and Fredric March.

Businessman Gerald Sullivan and his wife, Wendy, bought the home from the Ladd estate about 12 years ago. Ladd died at 50 in 1964.

The Sullivans updated all of the mechanical and electrical systems and raised the ceilings in all of the public rooms while maintaining the home’s architectural integrity.

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About this house: Set on a knoll, the house is one of the few one-story estates remaining in Holmby Hills, where most of the original homes have been remodeled or torn down.

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Asking price: $8,999,000

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Size: Five bedrooms and seven bathrooms in 9,200 square feet; the house is on slightly more than an acre--52,272 square feet.

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Features: The main rooms have fireplaces, and each room opens to the outdoors. There is a large, paneled family room with a bar. The master suite has a fireplace and an office or a gym. There is also a four-room guest or maid’s quarters. Other features include a pool, a spa and a wine cellar.

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Where: Holmby Hills

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Contact: Loren Judd, Westside Estate Agency, (310) 860-8882

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To submit a candidate for Home of the Week, please send color interior and exterior photos (copies only, please; we cannot return the pictures) and a brief description of the house, to Ruth Ryon, Real Estate Section, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; or e-mail homeofthe week@latimes.com.


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