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Celebrity Real Estate: Louella Parson's former Northridge Home Up For Sale

[UPDATE February 18 2012]: Here is how the home looked back in 1952, 1959, and 1969 from By 1969, the land was fully developed.

[UPDATE August 28 2011]: This home sold on August 26 2011 for $719,000 which was much cheaper than the original listing price. We congratulate the new buyers whoever they are on this excellent investment. If they find any historical mementos hidden in the walls, please share with us. Maybe this property can become a historical monument to give it protected status so that no one every demolishes it to prevent another property of significant Valley history from being lost.

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Lauren Beale at the L.A. Times Hot Property has posted that renowned Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons former home in Northridge has come onto the market. Parsons died in 1972 at the age of 91. She started as a syndicated columnist for William Randolph Hearst. According to the L.A. Times, "She held an undisputed position of power in the motion picture industry for 40 years, opening the doors on the private lives of movie people, reporting their scandals, romances, feuds, and break-ups." Sort of like the modern version of TMZ and tabloid magazines. 
The Northridge home listed at $798,500 has 4 Bed/3.5 Bath with 4, 465 sqft and includes a wet bar, kitchen breakfast area, guest hours, and butler's pantry on 0.54 acres. According to the L.A. Times, this property was part of  a 28 acre farm built in 1937. The listing states "....known as Marsons Farms, Clark Gable & Carole Lombard spent 2 years here while their Encino Ranch was being built. James Cagney called it home." This is a really cool home, I wish I could buy it to own a piece of movie and Valley history. How many opportunities like this come up? Okay, I sound like a realtor now.

One last thing, I was trying to go back in time and imagine this home in its original 28 acre condition. This is just a guess and I didnt even take proper measurements so dont even quote me on this.

Photos courtesy of Coldwell Banker

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