Restaurant maven Dana Hollister—4100 Bar, Brite Spot, and shuttered restaurants Cliff’s Edge and Villains Tavern—wants to make her mark in real estate, listing her Golden Age Paramour Estate for more money than any Silver Lake home has ever fetched, the Los Angeles Times reports. But if the $40 million ask has buyers running for other hills, it’s been restored to its original glory—and boasts something of a vaunted, haunted history.
Perched on a hill on 4.3 acres, the 22,000-square-foot mansion and its three guest houses—which have been available to rent in recent years—were built by Robert D. Farquhar on commission from silent film star Antonio Moreno and his wife, oil heiress Daisy Canfield Moreno, in 1923. The property, known formally as the Canfield-Moreno Estate, sheltered orphans during the Great Depression, when it doubled as the Chloe P. Canfield School for Girls. Chloe Canfield, Daisy’s mother, was murdered by a disgruntled former employee at her Alvarado Street home in 1906.
In 1933, shortly after Daisy and Antonio were separated, Daisy was killed when her chauffeur drove her car off a Mulholland Drive cliff coming back from a party. After Daisy’s death, the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception purchased the estate, using it as a convent and continuing to house orphaned women. The sisters sold it to Hollister for $2.25 million in 1998.
Even more than two decades later, the $40 million price tag is big for the area, though Hollister may be trying to make up for the financial beating she took the last time she did business with nuns.
In 2015, Hollister made a deal to buy an eight-acre, 30,000-square-foot Los Feliz convent from the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for $15.5 million. Unbeknownst to Hollister, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles had agreed to sell the place to Katy Perry for $14.5 million in 2014. Hollister lost the ensuing legal battle, not to mention $6.5 million in damages. The convent remains unsold.
While the Farquhar-built Owlwood Estate in Holmby Hills sold for $88 million last year, the Silver Lake record went to the John Lautner-designed Silvertop, which former Beats Electronics boss Luke Wood bought for an $8.55 million pittance in 2014.
Hollister credits the estate’s time as a convent and girls’ school for sparing it from extensive alterations, and she enhanced the 1920s aura of the 15-bed, 15-bath mansion by tearing out carpets to expose walnut, travertine, and pink marble floors, replaced linoleum kitchen counters with original wood, and ditched fluorescent lighting in favor of period chandeliers.
The estate also features decks and patios overlooking the grounds and gardens, parking for 50 cars, and a swimming pool that looms over the city.
“A visitor can experience what it must have been like to visit the mansion in its glorious prime,” Hollister said.
Goth-ish band My Chemical Romance holed up at the estate to record their 2006 album The Black Parade, and reported numerous haunted experiences.
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