543 S Muirfield Rd Los Angeles, 90020
Majestically poised above one of the finest streets in Hancock Park, this stately 1923 Italian Revival estate was once home to legendary silent film star, Buster Keaton and his actress wife, Natalie Talmadge.
Chisholm and Meikle, known for building “some of the finest homes in the city,” partnered with noted local architect Clarence J. Smale to create an impressive masterpiece which the Los Angeles Assessor’s office intentionally deemed as “extra” special. Reminiscent of a bygone era, 543 South Muirfield Road offers a graceful and elegant, yet still casual and comfortable, Southern California lifestyle. The home is appointed with wonderful period details including leaded, bottle glass windows, arched doorways, intricate beamed ceilings, a corbeled roofline and windows that frame beautiful, mature landscaping. Stepping through wrought iron gates accenting the front door, you are welcomed into a grand, two-story foyer. Entertain guests in the gracious, step down living room with 11-foot ceilings and the original, cast stone fireplace. Rich wood paneling wraps the intimate library and a light-filled office with fireplace has French doors that lead to thoughtfully designed outdoor living spaces. The true, chef’s kitchen with a restored, antique stove opens to a cheerful, sunlit family room and a classic butler’s pantry passes into the most stunning, formal dining room. Impeccably updated by its current owners with great care and consideration, the home now boasts a romantic master suite complete with two generous walk-in closets and a beautiful spa bath. Three large family bedrooms and laundry room complete the upstairs space. In the garden, a wall of fountains spill gently into the French-grey plastered pool, while a wonderful vine-covered entertainment space with fireplace perfectly compliment the gated, hedged and very private backyard. The charming guest quarters, with its own secluded balcony, sits above a spacious three car garage with charging station for an electric car. Published in Architectural Digest in 1925, 543 South Muirfield Road is not only a trophy property but a truly wonderful home and a significant Hancock Park gem.
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Developed in the 1920s by the Hancock family with profits earned from oil drilling, Hancock Park is now a concentration of grandly designed commercial buildings bound by stately and luxurious homes – the perfect combination of history, wealth, city living and suburban charm.
Nestled between Melrose Avenue, Wilshire Boulevard, La Brea Avenue, and Van Ness, the sprawling tree-lined community of impressive historic family homes is centrally located, just a stone’s throw away from the buzzing yet quaint Larchmont Village and Windsor Square, making up the Greater Wilshire Hancock Park area.
While movie stars such as Mae West, Ava Gardner and Clark Gable made the neighborhood a hot spot in Hollywood’s Golden Age, not much has changed. With Beverly Hills and Downtown LA right down Wilshire Boulevard; La Brea, Melrose, Fairfax Avenues, and The Grove nearby; entertainment, jobs, and nightlife are just around the corner. In fact, the average household income of Hancock Park’s residents consistently ranks among the top in the nation. From its distinguished museums to its pockets of culture, Hancock Park continues to be one of the most highly coveted areas to live in Southern California.
In fact, Hancock Park enjoyed its most productive quarter ever in over three years. Skyrocketing 45%, the median sales price of a home in the community reached $1,390,000 over the last three years, which is likely due to the rich history of one of the finest neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
Renowned architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Wallace Neff built various Period Revival styles (Tudor, English, Spanish, American, etc.) while maintaining not only the upscale character of the community, but its magic. With driveways leading through a coach gate to a rear garage, most residences are set back 50 feet from the street per the request of G. Allan Hancock. From luxury mid-century flats to modern high-rise condos, Hancock Park has something for everyone – whether home buyers seek quiet living or a trendy and lively atmosphere.
- Larchmont Farmers' Market
- Wilshire Country Club
- Los Angeles Tennis Club
- La Brea Bakery Cafe
- Pizzeria Mozza
- Go Get Em Tiger
- Wilshire Ebell Theatre
- Salt & Straw
- Wilshire Academy
- Marlborough School