5160 Linwood Drive
5 bed / 5 baths
4825 square feet, 0.32 Acres
Built in 1930
The Sparks-McLaren House was designed by Arthur Kelly in 1930, who was also the architect of the Playboy Mansion, Harvard-Westlake School and the Wilshire Country Club. It is on the market for the first time since 1970, but has been carefully maintained and the original, elegant details of the home are intact thanks to just two family owners over the past 90 years. The home was built for mining investor Alexander McLaren, his wife, Esther, and Esther’s sister, Edith Sparks.
Laughlin Park is an exclusive gated community in Los Feliz and is home to celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, who lives in the largest home in this neighborhood. There are only about 60 homes in this small gated neighborhood, which is why any home that comes onto the market in Laughlin Park is usually snapped up fairly quickly.
The home is on a cul-de-sac at the highest point in Laughlin Park, which allows you to enjoy panoramic views of the city, hills and Griffith Park views. On the entry level, you’ll find the living room, formal dining room, family room, and kitchen; upstairs are four bedroom suites, and on the lower floor, guest quarters, a wine room with bar, and laundry room.
Notable interior features include beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, Palladian windows, French doors, multiple fireplaces, built-ins, and lovely Art Deco tile. Outside, there’s a sizable swimming pool, a tree-shaded patio, and a three-car garage. There are 4 bedroom suites on the upper floor, a guest/maid's/chauffeur's quarters and service rooms on the lower floor with outside entrance, a pool, sunroom/den with Palladian windows on three sides plus fireplace and a 3-car garage.
The home is absolutely gorgeous with so much character in one of the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Personally, I would update this home by remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms to something more contemporary and clean - but otherwise the rest of the house is perfect and doesn’t need to be touched!
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