A Spanish Colonial Revival residence in Pacific Palisades with impressive views of the Pacific Ocean has been listed for $12 million.
The home was built in 1922-23 by Lewis L. Bradbury, Jr., the youngest son of Lewis L. Bradbury, a real estate and mining tycoon responsible for the construction of the Bradbury building in Downtown Los Angeles.
“The Pacific Ocean is right there,” said Kelly deLaat, the listing agent for this house, which hit the market on Tuesday. It’s a “quintessentially Californian, Spanish architecture property.”
Actress Marion Davies also stayed there while waiting for her nearby home to be constructed in the mid-1920s, according to a news release announcing the listing.
Adobe bricks were used to build the property, making it one of a kind in the area. “The fact that it is a two-story adobe home and still standing is, you know, huge,” Ms. deLaat said. According to her, adobe isn’t used anymore, “due to seismic risks.” Adobe is remarkable because, “adobe walls regulate temperature,” she said, so it’s never too hot or too cold inside.
The mansion, designed by John W. Byers, was crucial in establishing his reputation as a specialist in adobe and Spanish Colonial Revival design. The estate comes with four plots: the house, the pool, and two lots in front of the house so that nothing can be built to obstruct dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean.
The main house’s layout is unique, too. Its U-shape enables the cool Pacific breeze to circulate around the house, and across all the public rooms that open into the courtyard. Plus, Ms. deLaat said, “the courtyard, the tile work, the stone pillars, are identical to the El Greco Museum in Spain.”
According to Ms deLaat, the current owners registered the house under historical designation, which means that it can’t be torn down. Historical designation under the Mills Act is a tax incentive too, given the owner’s higher upkeep expenses on such a property.
Lewis L. Bradbury moved his family to Los Angeles in the 1880s and began investing in California real estate around the same time, according to Online Archive of California. The original owner of the house was his youngest son, Lewis L. Bradbury, Jr., who managed the Bradbury Estate Company till his death in 1948. The Bradbury Estate Company was dissolved in 1965 due to inter-familial litigation.
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