Queen Anne-Style Mansion in Los Angeles Featured in Numerous Films Returns to the Market


A historic, Queen Anne-style mansion in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles that has appeared in numerous films is back on the market with a small price cut.

The home, offering more than 12,000 square feet of living space, was relisted Monday for $8.995 million by Tracy Tutor and Gina Dickerson of Douglas Elliman. It had been available for $9.495 million through a different brokerage since last September, listing records show. It was taken off the market in February.

Known as the Higgins/Hirsch Mansion, the house was originally constructed for Chicago grain merchant Hiram Higgins on Wilshire Boulevard in 1902 by architect John C. Austin, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy website. Austin was the architect behind Griffith Observatory, the Shrine Auditorium and the Los Angeles City Hall, among other city landmarks.

In the 1920s, the home was deconstructed into three pieces and transported to its current location. Perry and Peggy Hirsch bought the mansion in the 1980s, spending years renovating and restoring the property, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy, which designated it as a Los Angeles Cultural-Historic Monument in 1988.

The mansion has appeared in numerous films and television series over the years, including “Ben” (1972), “Willard” (2003), and an episode of “Beverly Hills 90210,” according to the Los Angeles Conservancy.

In 2017, the Hirschs sold the property for $3.19 million to a limited liability company managed by renowned architect Xorin Balbes, founder and co-owner of the interior and architectural design firm TempleHome, property records show.

The current owner, Linda Tatum, a design consultant, purchased the home for $7.66 million in March 2018 via a trust, property records show. She has meticulously maintained and preserved the house, she said.

“The history and grandeur of this estate lends itself to entertaining, which is what I love to do,” Ms. Tatum said in a statement. She recently hosted a baby shower in the front yard for 100 people.

“It was replete with velvet sofas, opulent chandeliers, and large red and purple flowers everywhere. The guests were in awe! It was pure magic!” Ms. Tatum said.

“I am not the first to host memorable parties here and I hope the next owner enjoys how special it really is,” she added.

The mansion has nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a living room, a formal dining room, a music room, a media room and a kitchen, according to the listing. Additional amenities include a billiards room, a yoga room, a custom gym, a home theater and a den/office.

Also on the landscaped grounds is a pool with a spa, gardens and an additional two-bedroom guest house, the listing said.“We are excited to pass on the legacy of the house from the roaring 1920s to 2021,” Ms. Tutor said. “This estate is truly a great opportunity to own a rare and iconic piece of Los Angeles history.”