Way back in 1917, New Yorker William J. Toomey commissioned noted Los Angeles architect/developer Frank Meline to create this Windsor Square showpiece to serve as a winter retreat, for a total cost at the time of about $28,000. After changing hands a few years later, the Italian Renaissance-style mansion was acquired by a non-famous L.A. couple in 1970 for just $112,500 and has remained in the same family ever since. Along the way, many movies and TV shows have been filmed there — “Bugsy,” “House Bunny” and “Scandal,” to name a few — and now the historic gem is on the market for the first time in decades, asking $6.6 million.
Nestled on a 0.6-acre parcel lined with palms, and separated from the street and sidewalk out front by a neatly manicured lawn and wide walkway, the impressive estate features five bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms spread across nearly 7,000 square feet of living space on two levels. Boasting a striking cream-colored stucco façade and green tile roof, the house is spotlighted by a recessed center section flanked by slightly projecting wings — all accented by Juliette balconies, rondel plaques, neoclassic urns, bas-relief sculptures and balustrade railings.
A grand formal entry stands out with its rich hardwood floors, vintage light fixtures and gated archway, while a grand staircase overlooks a conservatory sporting walls of glass that frame picturesque garden views. A hand-carved wooden door opens into a library topped by a coffered ceiling, and an ornate fireside living room and a wood-paneled dining room are both adorned with crystal chandeliers and French doors leading outside.
Upstairs, off an expansive landing, are four master bedroom-scale suites, each with the original baths. The basement level hosts a game room, plus several spaces ideal for a wine cellar and movie theater. The sprawling grounds completely wrap the home, offering grassy lawns dotted with formal gardens and a large rectangular pool sidled up next to a cabana, plus dual two-car garages — one topped by a guest apartment, and both surrounding a modern-day motorized turnstile.
The listing is held by Lisa Hutchins of Coldwell Banker Realty.