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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Angeleno Heights Victorian rides out another boom-and-bust cycle

At the height of the Los Angeles real estate boom of the 1880s, the Stilson-Botson mansion was completed in 1887 at the corner of Edgeware Road and Carroll Avenue in Angeleno Heights. The mansion outdid the other Victorian-style homes in the neighborhood in size and opulence, with guests dancing in a grand ballroom while musicians serenaded them from a balcony above. The local real estate boom went bust soon after the Stilson-Botson mansion and the first generation of Angeleno Heights homes were built. By the time the real estate market had recovered, the Victorian style as well as Angeleno Heights had begun to fade from fashion. Sometime in the middle of the 20th Century, the Stilson-Botson mansion was carved up into tiny apartments. The ornate wood trim was stripped away and the wood siding slathered in stucco.

The 7,400-square-foot  house, hidden behind high hedges and gate, has been renovated in recent years and sold for $1.7 million in 2008, according to Redfin. Earlier this week, the Stilson-Botson mansion changed hands again, selling for $900,000 in a foreclosure sale.

Angeleno Heights resident Kevin Kuzma said he wonders if the new owners have grand plans for this once grand estate:

“In just a few short years, it would make financial sense for someone to destucco the exterior and do basic repairs on the exterior siding, doing the more complex millwork restoration as time and money permits. It was once the grandest house in the neighborhood, and with the right owner, could be again.”

Photo from theMLS.com



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6 comments

  1. Seeing the “before” photo makes me very sad.

  2. what about the ghosts living there. how do they feel about the new owners?

  3. that real estate agent should be embarrassed for those terrible, dark photographs! i don’t know anything about real estate, but those pictures are useless.

  4. Wow … that’s the same house as in the older pic? Unbelievable what they’ve done to it – it’s unrecognizable.

    It’s going to take more than a little millwork to restore this place – but I’d love to see someone take this restoration on.

  5. Lauren (not first poster)

    This poor house…
    Some people complain about preservation laws being prohibitive in regards to private residences, but this is exactly why they exist. So sad.

  6. @Chapps & @Lauren (not first poster) – In the late 50’s-60’s this mansion was subdivided into apartments, and all the ornamentation was irreconcilably removed/damaged. If you’re ever wondering, this IS actually the reason that Angeleno Heights has the first Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ)…It was started by my father in the early 70’s (we live directly across the street from this house)

    The HPOZ was the first of its kind…and has been the model for others across the city, state & country – to prevent this kind of thing from happening.

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