Currently being offered for lease on Craigslist is a place fans of Old Hollywood may find of interest. Located on Watsonia Terrace in historic Whitley Heights, the two-story house was once, per the listing, the “residence of New York socialite and antiquitarian Eleanor Dewitt.” Mrs. Dewitt was also the landlady for another notable property on Watsonia Terrace, Villa Vallombrosa. Now owned by famed architectural photographer Timothy Street-Porter, Villa Vallombrosa’s roster of illustrious former residents includes costume designer Adrian, screenwriter Ben Hecht, and composer Leonard Bernstein. Furthermore, according to a 1997 LA Times feature, it’s haunted by Dewitt’s ghost—let’s hope she doesn’t also haunt her old place across the street! The 1,800-square-foot house contains two bedrooms, four baths, a salon, formal dining room, a wood-paneled library, a butler’s pantry, and a laundry room. Features include hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace, French doors, a Wolf Range, Bosch dishwasher, Carrera marble countertops, a new washer and dryer, and a tankless water heater. The grounds feature “large front and back courtyards,” which are maintained by weekly gardening service. Montly rent is $5,750.
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