Meticulously preserved Craftsmans — particularly in Hancock Park and nearby Pasadena, where the Gamble and Blacker houses loom as state-of-the-art monuments of the style — are among the more aesthetically pleasing features of the Southland landscape.
Now, one of the largest Craftsman houses in the U.S., Artemesia in the Hollywood Hills, is ready for its closeup, after a 25-year renovation by owner Leonard Fenton (Frank A. Brown was the architect).
Built in 1913 by wealthy L.A. developer Frederick Engstrum, the 13,290-square-foot gated compound, situated on two acres in the Franklin Village/Los Feliz neighborhood, features mahogany paneling, Batchelder fireplaces, a billiards room, chef’s kitchen and numerous terraces, patios and outdoor spaces (replete with trails, ponds and waterfalls), including a sleeping porch with Murphy beds.
The residence, featured in Sam Watters’ “Houses of Los Angeles: 1885-1919” and on Bravo’s deliciously bitchy “Property Envy,” boasts views over Hollywood that extend to the ocean, not to mention Branjelina’s property below.
Listing agent is Blair Chang of the Agency RE; asking price is just south of $10 million.