A century-old Queen Anne-style mansion in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles that has been recently updated with modern luxury amenities has come onto the market for $9.495 million. The home, known as the Higgins/Hirsch Mansion, was originally constructed for Chicago grain merchant Hiram Higgins on Wilshire Boulevard in 1902 by architect John C. Austin, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy website. Austin was the architect behind Griffith Observatory, the Shrine Auditorium and the Los Angeles City Hall, among other city landmarks.
In the 1920s, the home was deconstructed into three pieces and transported to its current location. Perry and Peggy Hirsch bought the mansion in the 1980s, spending years renovating and restoring the property, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy, which designated it as a Los Angeles Cultural-Historic Monument in 1988. The mansion has appeared in numerous films and television series over the years, including “Ben” (1972), “Willard” (2003), and an episode in “Beverly Hills 90210,” according to the Los Angeles Conservancy.
In 2017, the Hirschs sold the property for $3.19 million to a limited liability company managed by renowned architect Xorin Balbes, property records show. He reimagined the property and brought it to contemporary standards while maintaining its historical character. The property was sold for $7.66 million in 2018 to a trust, property records show.
The main Queen Anne mansion has nine bedrooms and 11 bathrooms with a total of 12,147 square feet of living space, according to the listing. It also features a grand entry hall with a hand-carved fireplace, a gourmet kitchen, a billiards room, a yoga/meditation room, a gym, a home cinema, a custom saltwater aquarium, and a wine cellar.
Historic design details include high ceilings, large entertaining rooms, and intricate custom woodwork throughout, according to the listing. Outdoors, the 0.43-acre property has landscaped gardens, a pool with spa, a gated garage and a motor court, and a guest house with two bedrooms, one-and-a-half bathrooms and a kitchen.
Article source: Mansion Global