Home of the Week: Elderly Windsor Square Victorian mansion was no wallflower
Consider this gabled Victorian a well-traveled dame.
Originally built by landholder Isaac Newton Van Nuys — the San Fernando Valley neighborhood is named after him — on a corner in Westlake, the mansion was moved in 1914 by his son, J. Benton Van Nuys, to its current location in Windsor Square.
Standing three floors tall, the 1890s home is entered through a domed turret, once the focal point of lavish parties and soirees. Inside, the spirit of a bygone era is evidenced in hand-carved details, stained glass windows and a hidden bar room complete with a secret door.
If the home looks familiar, that’s because it’s been featured in numerous Hollywood productions, including in the 2003 film “Cheaper by the Dozen.”
Location: 357 Lorraine Blvd., Los Angeles, 90020
Asking price: $8.195 million
Year built: 1890
House size: 12,565 square feet, 11 bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms
Lot size: 0.62 acres
Features: Hardwood floors; detailed molding; hand-carved walls and staircase; grand entry with sitting room; dining room with leaded and stained-glass windows; library; hidden bar room with separate entrance; French-inspired ballroom; eat-in kitchen; music/recreation room; swimming pool; formal landscaping
About the area: In March, five single-family homes sold in the 90020 ZIP Code at a median price of $5.25 million, according to CoreLogic.
Agents: Lisa Hutchins, (323) 464-9272, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
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