Powerhouse movie producer Mary Parent has her historic home in Los Angeles’ famously celebrity-packed Laughlin Park enclave available at $8.9 million. The Legendary Entertainment vice chairman, who has had an important hand in a slew of blockbusters including the “Pacific Rim” franchise, purchased the property in late 2007 for just under $6 million from super-producer John Wells.
Built in 1915 and currently configured for four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in nearly 6,900 square feet, the white-stucco Spanish Colonial-meets-English Tudor villa was once home to Charlie Chaplin, and was acquired in 1920 by showbiz pioneer Cecil B. DeMille. DeMille lived in the substantially larger mansion next door, now owned by Angelina Jolie, and used the smaller house as a production office, screening room and guest house until his 1959 death.
Lustrous, dark hardwood floors unify grandly proportioned public spaces that features myriad well-preserved or re-created original architectural details such as diamond-pane leaded-glass windows and opulently carved stone fireplaces that are cheekily juxtaposed against a distinctive array of eclectic furnishings, dramatic light fixtures and vibrant contemporary artwork. Baronial formal living and dining rooms are complemented by a sunny breakfast room under a silver-leafed ceiling and a high-end kitchen that features a built-in dining banquette and a head-on view of the Griffith Park Observatory through an elegant row of tall and slim arched windows. There’s also, of course, a state-of-the-art screening room. An arched loggia hung with vermillion curtains looks out over a swimming pool set into a lush lawn; a spa is more discreetly positioned amid fragrant citrus trees.
Laughlin Park has always attracted notably named residents. Some of the enclave’s current high-profile homeowners include Ellen Pompeo, Kristen Stewart, Natalie Portman and Emma Roberts.
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