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Francis Lederer's Historic Canoga Mission Home Hits the Market

[Update January 22, 2014]: This home sold for $1,500,000 on December 9, 2013.

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23132 Sherman Way
Somebody pinch me because I must be in a dream after randomly searching online listings where I found the historic and truly one of a kind home built for actor Francis Lederer in 1933 which was declared a Historic Cultural Monument on November 15, 1978 at #204. Lederer also owned the stables across the street which is now the Canoga Mission Gallery which was declared on December 4, 1974 and both sites comprised a 300 acre ranch owned by Lederer who was also the Honorary Mayor of Canoga Park during a good portion of his life prior to his death in 2000 at the age of 100. Lederer was also a promoter of the West Valley especially Canoga Park where he helped establish the sister city program between Taxco, Mexico and Canoga Park in 1963. 

Some more info on this historic home (from Wikipedia):
In 1934, Francis Lederer began design and construction, with the help of artisan builder John R. Litke, of his landmark residence and stables on the hilltop of a large rancho in the Simi Hills in Owensmouth, renamed Canoga Park, renamed again to present day West Hills. It is in the western San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. The house is sophisticated example of a distinguished blending of Mediterranean Revival style with Mission Revival Style architecture in which the interior and exterior integral design, artisan work, and construction details are in a refined landmark quality. The rich building materials were chosen with greatest of care and painstakingly employed to make the finished buildings appear centuries old. The imported original 14th and 15th century Italian Renaissance and Spanish Renaissance museum-quality art pieces, decorative arts elements, and furnishings, are of particular rarity, value and interest.
The stables are in pure Mission Revival Style architecture, also designed by Francis Lederer with John R. Litke in the 1930s. It was built beside Bell Creek. Marion Lederer, his wife, transformed them into the Canoga Mission Gallery in the 1970s, which continues to present day.
The residence and stables are both protected Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monuments. The 1994 Northridge earthquake damaged the house. It is currently undergoing a major renovation. The estate is next to the very large 1845 Mexican land grant Rancho El Escorpión, which was his southern rural viewshed and remained undeveloped open space until 1959. The home and grounds are still in the hands of the Lederer family, and will become a public historical resource center.
The home measures 2 Beds/2 Baths on 4,796 sqft on a total lot size of 6.62 acres built in 1933. This home was first listed on Februrary 26, 2013 (and rather quietly because I have not heard of any other websites reporting this listing) for $1,599,000. Assuming the furniture is original and included with the sale, that must  be worth a good chunk of change that easily boosts the value of this home due to its rarity. I cant believe its been on the market for this long. According to the listing:
Back on Market! Canoga Mission Historic Landmark Property on four separate parcels totalling just over 6.5 acres on the market for the first time. Built for Frances Lederer, this authentic Spanish style home has amazing valley views and a detached two unit guest house. Courtyard style home with French doors from almost every room makes this the perfect entertainer home. Property features stunning dining room with fireplace, huge living room with arched windows and massive fireplace, cantina with wet bar and fireplace and library with yet another fireplace. There are no words to properly describe this home. The authentic detail is stunning, and the "Calabasas" stone used in construction was quarried on site. This is an opportunity to own one of the West Valley's only Historic Landmark Homes.
The Lederers left this property after it was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake and continued to live in the Palm Springs home at 1385 El Alameda which was sold for $390K on July 12, 2011 (they also owned a Malibu beach house at 31220 Broad Beach which sold for $3,812,500 on September 5, 2001. I believe the home is still owned by Lederer family but a review of the property records shows that producer turned real estate investor Nile Niami of Toluca Lake purchased this property on October 30, 2001 for $195,000 which would be shortly after the deaths of the Lederers in 2000. But that doesnt seem right to me so just reporting what I find. 

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Images courtesy Prudential California Realty
And some aerial views from Google and

The property today with the latest development being the condos at the bottom. Image courtesy Google Maps.
Image courtesy Google Maps
In 1952, Canoga Park was mostly empty. Image courtesy
In 1959, Canoga Park was starting to be developed. Image courtesy
In 1978, Canoga Park was mostly developed including the West Hills Hospital and the stretch of Sherman Way turning into Platt. Image courtesy
By 2003, all land was developed except for Lederer's property, however the portion near the Post Office would be developed a couple years later encroaching onto the Lederer property. Image courtesy

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1 comment to ''Francis Lederer's Historic Canoga Mission Home Hits the Market "

  1. I've worked within sight of this location for eight years, never knew anything about it..thanks so much for this.


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