One of Los Angeles’ most storied residences has just hit the market for the first time in over two decades! Known as The Paramour Estate, the listing describes the place as “the definition of a trophy property” and that is not hyperbole. More of a compound than a residence, the pedigreed site, which sits atop the highest promontory in Silver Lake at 1923 Micheltorena St. with 360-degree views of virtually all of Los Angeles, is comprised of a sprawling mansion and three guest cottages totaling 15 bedrooms and 15 baths spread across a whopping 21,632 square feet!
The momentous listing is held by Sally Forster Jones of Compass. Offered at an incredible $39,995,000, The Paramour Estate is the most expensive property currently available on Los Angeles’ Eastside.
Steeped in Hollywood history, the manor was originally commissioned in 1918 by Daisy Canfield, socialite heir to the Pan American Petroleum estate, and her husband, silent film star Antonio Moreno, whom the Los Angeles Times claimed was “second only to Rudolph Valentino in popularity as a Latin lover.” The dwelling took five years to complete and the couple moved into their new digs, which they dubbed Crestmount, in 1923.
Designed in the Beaux-Arts style by Robert D. Farquhar, who was also responsible for the Owlwood Estate, Beverly Hills High School and the California Club, no expense was spared in the property’s construction. The architect outfitted the massive 15,388-square-foot main residence with a formal dining room, a music room, a sunroom and countless ornate embellishments, including carved doors inspired by those from a chateau in Paris.