Villa Lia is a historically preserved home that has an Andalusia Style exterior and a classic Spanish Colonial interior that was made famous by George Washington Smith in the early 1900′s. Seldom does a property of this quality and rich history come to the market. The beautiful estate is located on one of Hancock Park’s most sought after streets, and in close proximity to Wilshire Country Club, The L.A. Tennis Club, and Larchmont Village. Hancock Park is rumored to be the past address for Hollywood dignitaries, talent agents, the family that founded Bank of America, and most notable was the home to actor Paul Muni. The 8,500 + square foot home is on an impressive corner lot of almost a half-acre of flat usable land with a perfect Los Angeles backdrop view. Meticulously restored and improved, this Spanish Estate has both a rich history and a modern wow factor! One of the most impressive features of the home’s exterior is the rear yard, featuring the large covered loggia perfectly designed for indoor/outdoor entertaining. Also, the estate boasts beautifully manicured landscaping adorned with a period tiled fountain, sparkling swimming pool and spa, and a cozy pergola with fireplace. And just off the formal dining room there is also an over-sized side yard with a patio that is perfect for al fresco dining on warm Southern California evenings. The home features 5 upstairs bedrooms, a maid’s quarters off the kitchen, and a wine cellar below the butler’s pantry. Every bedroom has its own en suite bath with elegant Spanish tiles, frame-less glass showers, plus an additional powder room and a 3/4 bath that services the pool and office. This property features a generous office suite adjacent to the sitting room just off the kitchen. The Master Suite features stunning wood moldings, full his & hers bathrooms and walk in closets, a cozy fireplace – all complimented by large balconies overlooking the rear yard, pool and spa. As you walk in the Spanish tiled entry the soaring circular staircase greets you leading you into a grand foyer with two story exposed skylight and chandelier. The formal living room features large French Doors, an over-sized fireplace, and amazing detailed wood beamed ceilings. Adjoining to the living room is a functional den outfitted as a theater room with state-of-the-art retractable projector and movie screen – completely wired for the best in home audio & visual. The den showcases a custom made service bar and built-in refrigerator to store your favorite beverages. The formal wood paneled dining room leads through the butler’s pantry and into one of the most breathtaking kitchens seen in the recent memory, accented with custom cabinetry, marble counter-tops, high-end stainless steel appliances, and an amazing 20′ center island – perfect for the home chef! Villa Lia also boasts detailed stucco and metal work inspired by the craftsmen of the era. Handsome wood floors, stunning intricate details in the hand carved wood moldings and ceiling beams and amazing iron sconces and chandeliers are reminiscent of the European Plateresque Movement. A stunning set of ornate iron gates open to a private driveway and an over-sized 3-car garage. This trophy property, located in the famed 3rd Street School District, has many additional features – like a wine cellar and amazing rooftop deck all designed to impress you and your guests!
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