Century-Old Los Angeles Victorian Asks $8M

By Grace Cassidy

One of the last early-20th-century Wilshire Boulevard homes has come on the market for $7,995,000. The listing is represented by Joshua Altman and Matthew J. Altman.

Built in 1902 and located at 637 S Lucerne Boulevard in the heart of Hancock Park, the 12,000-square-foot home was designed by the renowned architect John C. Austin, best known for his work on the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles City Hall and Shrine Auditorium, among other Southern California landmarks.

With nine bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, and three half-baths, the home was recently renovated by Xorin Balbes to create a sleek, contemporary interior counterpoint to the historic structure. Features include hardwood floors, multiple fireplaces, high ceilings and a stunning grand foyer with a sitting nook under the staircase.

A gourmet kitchen is complete with a large center island, top-of-the-line appliances, a butler’s pantry and a convenient breakfast room ideal for casual and intimate family meals.

The second-level master suite includes an attached private bathroom complete with dual vanities, a free-standing tub near a fireplace and a large walk-in closet.

Buyers will also enjoy a yoga room, custom gym and a billiards room. The outdoor space offers mature landscaping, a pool and spa, BBQ and fire pit, making it great for entertaining. A detached guest house with a full kitchen and two additional bedrooms makes it easy to host overnight guests.

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