Los Feliz The Clifford Clinton Residence
5470 LOS FELIZ BLVD, LOS FELIZ | $5,800,000 | 5BD | 6 BA
Well, here’s a Spanish Colonial Revival to gush over. Designed by architect Arthur W Larson, the Clifford Clinton Residence is a registered Historic Cultural Landmark. The impressive frontage conjures days of bygone Hollywood. The gorgeous ornate front door sets the tone for the stately decor inside: beamed ceilings, leaded windows, and original molding unlike we’ve ever seen before. We do confess we’re glad none of the taxidermied animals made their way over from the historic Clifton’s Cafeteria that Clifford founded in downtown Los Angeles.
Presenting The Clifford Clinton Residence, HCM 997 in Los Feliz. Designed by architect Arthur W. Larson in 1928, this was once home to the family of Clifford Clinton, founder of the famous Clifton’s Cafeteria. This formidable Spanish Colonial Revival is replete with impressive architectural detailing indicative of a bygone era, when flower fields and orange groves dotted the hills below the Observatory. Beyond the hedged and gated wraparound frontage spanning 230′, Juliette balconies, decorative ironwork, tiled courtyards and patios, and red clay rooflines demonstrate the richness of period architecture rarely found.
Romance unfolds inside, past the magnesite entry and foyer, through a deep arched threshold is the formal living room anchored by a grand fireplace, beautifully intact stained glass, and coffered ceilings, with French doors opening to a large tiled veranda. The dining room boasts impressive stained glass picture window, and opens to a front courtyard. Rare robin’s egg blue original tile, wooden countertops, and lighting fixtures are found in the butler’s pantry and kitchen tucked next to a sunny breakfast room.
A stately office with hand stenciled ceilings, paneling, and fireplace is privately situated off the grand staircase. The second level floor plan features four large bedroom suites showcasing original colorful tiled bathrooms and ‘wedding cake’ ornamental plaster, plus sunroom and balconies with views of the city set among swaying palm trees.
On the lower level, unwind and host movie nights in the screening room with plush seating for six. In 1936, Clinton commissioned the addition of a pool, sun deck, and bath house, where neighborhood kids could be found swimming all summer alongside his three children. Today, the tiled deco pool area remains a sunny gathering place; nearby a grassy knoll and dining pavilion provide a shady respite from the main entertaining space.
Through a discrete gated driveway, the motor court and 3 car garage offer plenty of parking. For the past decade, the home has been restored and cared for by its current owners, with Mills Act tax credits available. This legacy estate’s period details give this residence a deep sense of place and history, whereas the remarkably large scale of most all rooms lends an ease to modern living; this is a property you must see in person to appreciate!
Listing courtesy of Courtney Pickard, Joe Reichling, and Boni Bryant, Compass
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