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Myron Hunt Designed Spanish Hacienda Available in Encino

[Update June 11, 2014]: The land portion of this property was actually purchased by Howie Mandel with details explained here.

[Update May 11, 2014]: The land portion of this property at 17100 Rancho Street sold for $1.2 million on April 24, 2014. The main property is still available at the time of this writing for $4,395,000.

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17128 Rancho Street
6 Beds/4.5 Baths on 7,274 sqft on a total lot size of 6.4 acres built in 1941 in Encino. The property is spread across 3 parcels which includes 17100 Rancho St containing 2 of those parcels. The 17100 Rancho Street was last purchased for $890,000 on September 15, 1993. The home was listed on March 21, 2013 for $5,750,000 which at this time is the second highest listing in Encino behind the former Al Jolson/Charlie Sheen/Katey Sagal/Kirstie Alley/Steven Seagal home. This home was last purchased on June 11, 2003 for $2,695,000 which translates into a profit of $3,055,000 before taxes, commissions, carrying costs, and any other related expenses. This home is currently owned by Nancy Furse and Charles Alder who own a law firm in addition to other entities. 

According to the listing, this home was designed by Myron Hunt who was an early member of the Prairie School, an early 20th century architectural style in the midwest with Frank Lloyd Wright as their most famous proponent.  Hunt's notable works include the Huntington Art Gallery, Ambassador Hotel, and the Rose Bowl. 

This property spreads across over 6.4 acres which might be the largest property in the SFV with the Bob Hope estate in Toluca Lake second. I am not able to confirm this so dont quote me. One other information missing here is who was this home originally designed for? Considering that it was built in Hollywood's golden age where many celebrities at that time had horse ranch properties in the SFV and Myron Hunt was commissioned, it surely had to be developed for a celebrity or a wealthy individual. Even since 1941, at least one famous person must have owned this property. Does anyone have any history on this home?

The listing description states:
Spectacular Myron Hunt Designed 1941 Hacienda on 6.4 Acres of Oak Studded Property. Exceptional Spanish Hacienda plus Huge 2 bedroom guest house. 2 Addresses and 3 parcels Inc. A separate 3 Acre parcel to develop or incorporate. Lavish architectural details Inc. Private chapel and campanile tower.
You can view more SFV Architecture and Real Estate here.

Images courtesy Sotheby's International Realty

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