a historic mediterranean compound
The historic Van Griffith Estate, built circa 1925, is a unique compound for those who desire abundant privacy yet still want to live in the heart of the city. Built by the son of Griffith Park benefactor, Griffith J. Griffith, this rare Los Feliz estate is set high up from Vermont Avenue and sits on nearly three quarters of an acre. A large double gate, privacy wall, and long driveway lead up to this Mediterranean compound creating the sense of a secluded sanctuary. The main residence consists of a spacious living room, formal dining room, library/family room, large eat-in kitchen, speakeasy, rooftop deck and four bedrooms, with three and a quarter baths. Exquisite tile-work, rich wood and large oversized windows allow for an abundance of natural light throughout the home, which also boasts spectacular views of downtown, the Observatory, and Griffith Park. The home’s park-like grounds are framed by giant redwood trees, towering pines, mature olive trees, and stone pathways that lead to a large saltwater pool and a Montecito-style guest house. Guest living quarters feature dramatic open beamed ceilings, French doors, wood-burning fireplace, cooks kitchen and two bedrooms plus office, with two and a half baths. Completing the beautifully appointed grounds are a loggia with an outdoor fireplace, private gardens, and an expansive lawn, making this unique property truly one of a kind.