Hancock Park estate built for Vernon’s founder seeks $10.9M

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A Hancock Park property built for an important turn-of-the-century landowner is on the market in the upscale neighborhood. The estate was built for John B. Leonis, one of the founding fathers of the city of Vernon, famed for its industry and corruption (a reputation Leonis largely helped to build).

Described in the listing as a “Mediterranean Revival with Palladian and Italian influenced designs and ornament,” the six-bedroom, 10-bathroom estate features a main residence with beamed ceilings, wood floors, stunning colorful bathroom tile, and arched doorways.

Standout features include a formal dining room with a patterned, coved ceiling and an elegant curving staircase in the entry.

The house’s groin-vaulted loggias and patios look out on the nearly 41,000-square-foot double lot on which the property sits. Gardens and lawns fill the space, and the property holds a separate cottage intended for staff quarters.

On the market for the first time, the house is listed at $10.9 million.

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