Thursday, April 19, 2012

Your Mama Hears...

...from 90210 real estate insider Chatty Cathy that one of the several Beverly Hills mansions into which daredevil recluse Howard Hughes crash-landed his XF-11 airplane in 1946 has recently been listed with an asking price of $6,995,000.

At the time of the crash, the Wallace Neff-designed Spanish-style mansion in a decidedly desirable pocket of The Flats of Beverly Hills butted up against The Los Angeles Country Club, was owned by actress Rosemary DeCamp (Yankee Doodle Dandy, This Is The Army).

Miz DeCamp and her husband were asleep when a piece of the plane's wing and a chunk or two of the neighbor's red tile roof slammed into the master bedroom. At least one neighboring home was destroyed but remarkably, neither Miz DeCamp nor her husband were injured.

Martin Scorcese created a dramatic and high-production reenactment of the crash in his five-time Oscar winning 2004 film The Aviator.

Current listing information and online virtual tour show the existing white stucco and red tile roofed residence was originally built in 1926 on a .39-acre mid-block lot, measures 6,246 square feet and includes 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms plus a staff suite. The stately and well-proportioned pad could benefit greatly, by Your Mama's humble and utterly meaningless opinion, from a deep breath of fresh decorative air. We also note with satisfaction that at least some of its original detailing has been retained such as arched doorways, iron grill work, tile accents, and exquisite hand-painted wood ceiling in the cavernous step-down formal living room that also has a wood-burning fireplace and bank of French doors the spill out to a covered terrace that overlooks the chevron-shaped swimming pool.

The property is now owned, according to Chatty Cathy, by the estate of Emmy-winning music composer Richard Stone, well known and highly regarded for having written a lot of music and catchy songs for a lot of successful Warner Bros. cartoons in the 1990s.

listing photos: Dream Home Photo for Nourmand & Associates

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice home...good for state of california...taxes go from 6000/yr to 80000/yr!

Jeannified said...

What a gorgeous home!

Carla Ridge said...

Mama -- i think you mean the L.A. Country Club. Wilshire CC is over in Hancock Park. Frankly, i always thought it was Wilshire he landed at...then walked home to the house on Muirfield.

Doug said...

WOW, great bones and a lovely canvas. The Hughes tie-in is icing on the cake.

Anonymous said...

A lovely looking lady, Ms DeCamp.

She was also in the Bob Cummings show way back when and Petticoat Junction.

Anonymous said...

This house at 805 North Linden Drive is a simple California Mission style home with many exquisite details not evident in the five selected listing photos. Many of architect Wallace Neff's homes are more lavish, and a few less so; however, this particular home captures the marvelous pairing of California adobe indoor-outdoor spaces with the fine attention to authentic Spanish inspired details for which the architect is appropriately lauded. The historical aspect of this home is also noteworthy; yet, it is most amazing for Beverly Hills that this home lacks a garage!
Rabbi LaTess

midTN said...

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I always liked Ms. DeCamp in her MANY film roles and I LOVE her former residence.

Many possibilities with this one...very elegant.

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nursedeb said...

just DIVINE
that tile work....is just beyond words. the kitchen! I could MOVE IN...
the staircase....that tile work is
just ....
oh if I were rich....I would buy this one in a heartbeat...
thanks Mama....this child is one happy camper....after some of the hot messes ...this one....now I think I can make it through the weekend!