In these teardown-happy, makeover-mad days, it always comes as a pleasant shock to encounter a vintage home that’s retained the characteristics it was born with. It’s especially rare to find a time capsule in a ritzy neighborhood, which makes this new listing in Hancock Park extra exciting.
On the market for the first time, the stately Greek Revival was designed by the illustrious Wallace Neff for the family of Ralph J. Chandler, nephew of Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler. One of the architect’s later projects, the 8,163-square-foot house was constructed on a half-acre lot next to the Wilshire Country Club in 1960. At a time when glassy modern boxes made with inexpensive, mass-produced materials were all the rage, Neff went the opposite direction with the Chandler residence, drawing inspiration for its design from the Garden Pavilion of Versailles and the Petit Trianon.
Beyond the mansion’s neoclassical facade is an awe-inspiring rotunda entry featuring intricate carvings of lute-playing putti, a massive crystal chandelier, and a thirty-foot domed ceiling. The two-story home’s first floor contains the living room, formal dining room, salon, powder room, kitchen, butler’s pantry, and two staff bedrooms, while the top floor—accessed by a dramatically curving staircase or elevator—has three bedroom suites and a wood-paneled library. Extravagant elements, including ornate molding, herringbone wood floors, and elaborately carved doors and mantels are found all throughout.
The grounds are equally impressive, with grand Ionic columns lining a massive marble terrace, a fountain, and formal gardens designed by renowned landscape architect Edward Huntsman–Trout, all looking out to expansive golf course greens. The home also has an underground garage with parking for multiple cars. Asking price for the pedigreed property is $5.95 million.