Thought to be the work of Southern California architect Arthur B. Benton — one of the designers behind Lincoln Heights’ Church of the Epiphany and the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse — this visually arresting Victorian-style home tucked away in the historic Angelino Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles represents the best of a bygone era when the roofs were steep, the facades were ornate, and the interiors were rife with detailed woodwork, decorative ceilings and more.
Now on the market with a $1.895 million price tag, this brick-red beauty stuns from the outset. A wrought-iron gate flanked by privacy hedges opens to a brick walkway that leads up a short flight of steps and to the entryway, which is marked by a carved door embellished with a large window pane and additional windows on either side.
Once inside, 2,600-plus square feet of living space on two levels features a treasure-trove of original elements complemented by modern-day updates. A charming formal entry stands out with its rich hardwood flooring, a vintage light fixture, columned archways and striking onyx-hued staircase sporting a built-in banquette resembling a church pew at its base.
Among the main-level highlights: a formal living room with large windows; paneled parlor with a stenciled ceiling and mirror-topped fireplace; dining room outfitted with the original built-in buffet; and tiled powder room with a pedestal sink. Updated for today’s modern chef is an attractive kitchen equipped with stone countertops, high-end Viking appliances and a wood-topped, eat-in peninsula.
Upstairs, a trio of bedrooms includes a spacious en-suite master adorned with a bay window and two closets; this level also has another full bathroom bedecked with wood, tile, and a stylish black-and-white clawfoot tub. And, back outdoors, the flat, grassy yard holds a raised brick patio ideal for picnics, fruit trees and a vegetable garden, as well as a whimsical tree swing, and accompanying treehouse deck for scoping out the surrounding views of Echo Park and Dodger Stadium.
Adding to the home’s appeal? An attic and basement for storing excess belongings, a bonus space and laundry room. And since Angelino Heights is the city’s first historic preservation overlay zone, the house also falls under the Mills Act, which means homeowners can receive reduced property taxes in exchange for restoring and preserving historic structures.
Rob Kallick of Compass serves as the listing agent.