[Update August 21, 2013]: This home sold for $1,600,000 on June 21, 2013.
5700 Rhodes Ave
5700 Rhodes Ave
6 Beds/3 Baths on 5,386 sqft on a total lot size of 0.64 acres built in 1930's Valley Village currently listed at $1,750,000 which was last purchased on September 07, 2001 for $850,000. This home is known as the La Casa Sueno De Lewis Stone Ranch which was designated as a Historical Cultural Monument# 793. The home was originally built for silent film star Lewis Stone in the Spanish Colonial Revival style with stucco cladding, low pitched tile roof, and decorative glazed tile and ironwork. This is a classic example of the Hollywood ranch home in the San Fernando Valley that was labeled "Valleywood" by Kevin Roderick, author of America's Suburb: San Fernando Valley, because of the many celebrities who built "vacation" ranch houses to get away from the Hollywood/Beverly Hills surroundings. Sadly, less than a handful of these properties exist today due to suburbanization. One of those homes is the Josef Von Sternberg House by Richard Neutra in Northridge.
From the listing:
LA CASA SUENO LEWIS STONE RANCH-Built in 1930 as the country retreat of a silent-film star. One of the most historic estates in the SFV. The 6500 sq. ft. main house imagined in a spectacular Spanish Colonial Revival style. The master is one of 6 rooms equipped with a fireplace & includes an expansive walk in closet an sunken tub covered with rare Hispano-Moresque tile. From cast-iron chandeliers to mahogany floors to massive wood beams, Spanish flourishes around in this home, which includes 6 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a palatial dining room, butler's pantry and a walk in film vault. The grounds are equally magnificent. 26000+sq. ft. lot is like a refined city park, mature fruit trees, tropic landscaping and a saltwater pool surround a serene brick courtyard. Recently added separate guest quarters and tiki bar & hut completes this entertainer paradise. LA CASA SUENO LEWIS STONE is not merely the city's Cultural/Historic Landmark No 793,it is a piece of living history that recalls the glory days of Valley ranching and continues to offer a retreat from the city, just like it did 80 years ago.You can view more SFV Architecture and Real Estate here.
|Above images courtesy Rhodes Realty|
|Image courtesy Historicaerials.com showing the La Casa Sueno Ranch in 1953 .|
|Image courtesy Historicaerials.com showing the La Casa Sueno Ranch in 1972 which appears to have been subdivided .|