Fifty years after it was the scene of a grisly murder, this home in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles is on the market for $1.98 million.
Today, the two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom, 1,650-square-foot home is a true Southern California gem, offering gorgeous views in a prime location.
But in 1969, the homeowners, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, were killed there by Charles Manson and his followers, the day after they murdered the pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four of her friends in Beverly Hills.
The listing of the infamous property comes just days before the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” which covers the headline-grabbing crime spree and is set in Hollywood during the period.
For buyers who are not bothered by the home’s history, it’s an opportunity to own a classic piece of Hollywood.
The Spanish-style home, built in 1922, sits on a private, gated, more than half-acre lot with views of downtown Los Angeles, Griffith Park, Glendale, and the San Gabriel Mountains.
It offers seamless, SoCal indoor-outdoor living. The open floor plan includes a large living room, with a fireplace and Italian tile floors, and the dining room, which opens to an outdoor patio overlooking the pool. The home is surrounded by mature trees, for added privacy, and is close to shopping, restaurants, and trails.
Will buyers flock to purchase this gorgeous property based on its present, or will its past haunt the sale? The house was last sold in 1998 for $375,000. It seems counterintuitive, but buying a home where a murder occurred could be a sound financial investment.
There’s also the possibility that the forthcoming Tarantino film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, will drive additional interest in the listing.
Time will tell, but in today’s hot SoCal housing market, it’s hard to imagine that a half-century-old crime would dampen any excitement over this vintage Hollywood classic.