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Vintage SoCal: Far from the dusty trail in Lafayette Square

Long before nicknames such as the “Entertainment Capital of the World” or “La-La Land” caught on, Los Angeles was known as the "Queen of the Cow Counties" for its herds and role in keeping Gold Rush-era miners in beef jerky.

Fast-forward to the next century, and wealthy cattlemen were among the movers and shakers of the day. This Italian Revival-style house in the Mid-City community of Lafayette Square was completed for well-to-do rancher Seth Noble in 1925. Calvin Coolidge was U.S. president; F. Scott Fitzgerald had published “The Great Gatsby,” and actor Paul Newman was born that year.

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Today, the Noble Residence blends Old World craftsmanship and modern amenities. The meticulously restored and updated villa is set amid other examples of traditional European and historic architecture — the trophy homes of their day. Neighbors in the gated community have included such luminaries as Alexander Pantages, George Pepperdine and Norton Simon.

A hipped, red-tile roof caps the graceful house, which features rounded arch windows. Stone quoins at the corners and a pointed arch around the front door give the structure a substantial appearance.

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The extensive woodwork — including hardwood floors, the stairway and the door and window framing — brings a rich tone to the interiors. High coved ceilings top the foyer and formal dining room. Windows flank the stately fireplace in the living room. The paneled study contains a bar and French doors that open to a patio.

The manicured yard, with a rose garden, provides space for outdoor dining and entertaining. A bonus room currently used as a gym is attached to the two-car garage. There are four bedrooms and five bathrooms.

The 3,566-square-foot house at 1663 Wellington Road, Los Angeles, is priced at $2.495 million. Wayne A. Willbur and Steven Portigiani of Deasy Penner & Partners are the listing agents

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