Live Like the Mayor of L.A. – Or at Least Like His Neighbor
There’s an elegant home for sale in posh Windsor Square, the legendary power neighborhood that Mayor Eric Garcetti is about to call home.
While tour buses clog the winding Westside streets of L.A. to gawk at outrageous celebrity mansions, some of the city’s biggest power players have traditionally lived grandly and discreetly mid-city, in the elegant Windsor Square neighborhood. In fact, some people call it “The First Neighborhood of L.A.,” because that where The Getty House, the official residence of the mayor of Los Angeles, is located.
Now there’s a home for sale in that upscale ‘hood, and many people are saying that it's far more chic than the nearby mayor’s manse, where Eric Garcetti and his wife and daughter will be moving in January. Garcetti's immediate predecessor, Antonio Villaraigosa, chose to live in the official dwelling as well, but prior mayors James Hahn and Richard Reardon did not. Mayor Tom Bradley was the first to take up residence in the Tudor-style home. L.A.'s rich and powerful have called this neighborhood home for more than 100 years.
When the neighborhood was first developed back around 1911, it was intended to have a British park-like feel, with grand homes like the ones you’d find in the English countryside, a convenient five miles from downtown Los Angeles. To keep it upscale, deed restrictions were set at a minimum of $12,550 per home, which was considered almost obscenely high at the time.
Many of L.A.’s best families bought in, including neighborhood developer A.J. Howard, Norman Chandler and John Paul Getty, who got the idea to locate Getty Oil headquarters in the area. The house on his property would eventually become the official Mayor’s residence, and become known as 'The Getty House,' although John Paul Getty himself never lived there. Many of the grand families who did live there hired some of the grand architects of the time, such as Paul Williams and A.J. Martin.
You'll find a number of homes in Windsor Square have a Tudor theme, in concert with the area’s original concept. But the house that’s currently being offered is described as the restored Italianate style that’s so at home in California, with a tile roof, plaster walls and arches throughout. According to Zillow, it was built in 1921.
The house encompasses 4,539 square feet with five bedrooms and four and a half baths on three stories, all connected by an elevator. Downstairs you’ll find a dramatic entry with a spiral staircase, a living room with French doors that lead to a patio, as well as a formal dining room, gourmet kitchen and a den with terrazzo floors and French doors leading to the backyard. There’s also a maid's room, bath and powder room.
Upstairs there’s a master suite with a sitting room and views of the Hollywood Hills, three additional bedrooms and two baths. Beneath it all is a large basement for storage.
And what will it cost to live in a neighborhood where you could easily run into city movers and shakers at your favorite hip bistro in nearby Larchmont Village? The asking price for this home is only $3,097,000, which, compared to similar homes in some Westside neighborhoods like Brentwood or Beverly Hills, is a bit of a steal. You can contact Loveland and Carr Properties for more information.