By Ruth Doherty
A home that has played host to noted actors and industry elite for over 100 years , the W. C. Fields Estate, has gone on the market for $15 million.
The property, owned by Los Angeles part-owner Robert (Bobby) Patton Jr, is located in ultra-exclusive Laughlin Park. Once home to film legends such as Charlie Chaplin and Cecil B. DeMille, the Laughlin Park enclave is still a celebrity favorite, with notable neighbors such as Angelina Jolie, Kristen Stewart, Natalie Portman, and Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard.
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Built in 1920, the estate was home to famed comedian W.C. Fields (approx. 1940-1946), and has had numerous notable owners throughout the years.
Spanning over 8,000 square feet, the home features four bedrooms and five bathrooms with Italianate architecture, influenced by the Beaux-Arts movement.
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Architect W.M. Clarke created the ultimate flow and California living experience by focusing on the relationship between the interiors of the home and the outdoor spaces.
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Expansive grounds and gardens, rumored to have been designed by Lloyd Wright, are the backdrop of this esteemed residence.
Mature trees and established plants provide privacy for the glamorous swimming pool, while a glass and copper solarium floats above the city, offering views of Griffith Observatory.
For over 100 years, the home has played host to noted actors of the time, and heads of the sports and entertainment world.
Who was W.C. Fields?
William Claude Dukenfield, aka W.C. Fields, was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer. He started his career as a silent juggler at Vaudeville, and later starred in 13 films for Paramount Pictures
Who is Robert (Bobby) Patton, Jr?
Bobby Patton is a partner of Guggenheim Baseball Management and became part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 30, 2012. Patton principally operates oil and gas properties in Texas and Kansas and has additional investments in many other sectors, including ranching and insurance.
Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.
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