Beverly Hills home where Howard Hughes crash-landed in 1946 seeks $14.5 million

A Beverly Hills home where Howard Hughes once crashed an experimental plane into is for sale at $14.45 million.

How’s this for a crash pad? A Beverly Hills home that was on the receiving end of a Howard Hughes crash-landing decades ago has come on the market for $14.45 million.

The filmmaker and aviator was flying the XF-11, a reconnaissance aircraft commissioned by the U.S Air Force, on its maiden voyage in 1946 when he experienced engine problems mid-flight. Failing to reach the Los Angeles Country Club for an emergency landing, the plane careened into a pocket of homes on North Linden Drive and Whittier Drive including the one now for sale.

The plane’s right wing sliced through the upstairs bedroom of the home, narrowly missing the occupants, the brother and sister-in-law of actress Rosemary DeCamp, according to Times archives. Hughes was critically injured in the crash but survived, and a year later successfully completed a test flight of the second XF-11 prototype.


Designed and built in 1926 by architect Wallace Neff, the extensively renovated house sits on more than a third of an acre. Arched features, detailed wrought ironwork and a clay-tiled roof speak to the home’s Spanish Revival roots.

The 6,500 square feet of interior space include a marble-lined foyer, a living room with hand-painted cathedral ceilings, a formal dining room, an updated kitchen and a billiard room.

The second-floor master suite, which boasts an oversized walk-in closet, opens to a veranda overlooking the grounds. There are five bedrooms and five bathrooms in all.

Outdoors, ample patio space surrounds a rectangular swimming pool with a spa and waterfall feature. An outdoor dining area, fire pit and barbecue complete the setting.

The property last changed hands four years ago for about $6.25 million, public records show. In the 90210 ZIP Code, based on 42 sales, the median sales price for single-family homes in May was $4.5 million, up 45.2% year over year, according to CoreLogic.

Aaron Kirman and Louis Evans of John Aaroe Group hold the listing.

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