Home of the week: A Century-old gem designed by Beverly Hills Hotel architect Elmer Grey

Step back in time and experience the grandeur and timeless elegance of the Baker House, a historical gem designed by Elmer Grey, the architect behind the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Georgie Mihaila
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In Los Angeles’s historic Country Club Park, a piece of architectural history has just resurfaced on the market.

Contrasting Los Angeles’ typical sleek, glass mansions and contemporary new builds in the best way, 1201 S St Andrews Pl — dubbed the Baker House — is a circa 1923 historical gem that exudes elegance, character, and charm at every turn.

And for good reason: the house was designed by renowned architect Elmer Grey, best known for building the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Huntington Library, the Pasadena Playhouse, and Wattles Mansion.

After last trading hands in 2021, the stately English Revival-style residence is now back on the market with a $2,995,000 price tag that feels fairly modest when you account for the house’s Country Club Park location, generous proportions, historic significance, and modern amenities. Malyn Dahlin and Alice Cannington of The Agency hold the listing.

Designed by Beverly Hills Hotel architect, Elmer Grey

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A pioneer in the development of the new American architecture in the early 20th century, Elmer Grey’s design philosophy was centered around harmony with nature and eliminating features not suited to the local climate and conditions.

He was the mastermind behind recognizable structures like the Beverly Hills Hotel, Huntington Library, Pasadena Playhouse, and the Wattles Mansion at 1824 N Curson Avenue.

Architectural details hint at the house’s storied past

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The Baker House, built circa 1923, showcases Grey’s distinctive design philosophy and retains plenty of period-specific elements. The property features detailed ceilings, leaded glass windows, ornate wrought iron accents, and the iconic living room fireplace.

Ornate ceilings and bold colors bring in all the drama

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Adding extra notes of drama and sophistication, bold reds and greens grace the walls, mixed with equally daring curtains and textiles that have a dazzling effect in highlighting the home’s historic details.

Most notably, the ornate ceilings steal the eye and give the rooms a note of grandeur.

Back to the basics: property specs

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Before we go on and on about what makes the Elmer Grey-designed house stand out, let’s break down its more traditional features.

Clocking in at 3,419 square feet, the century-old home comes with 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms and 2 half baths, and 3 fireplaces (spread throughout the family room, living room, and primary bedroom).

Newly added outdoor amenities

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The expansive backyard comes fitted with a brand-new swimming pool, an iron pergola for al fresco dining, and even an outdoor kitchen perfect for entertaining, amidst lush landscaping.

There’s even a charming back house

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Providing extra space for guests or hobbies, the century-old home has a vibey back house with a kitchenette and loft.

The neighborhood adds to the historical charm

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The property sits in the historic Country Club Park, which is in itself a treasure trove of outstanding period-revival architecture by architects like Alfred Rosenheim, G. Lawrence Stimson, and Elmer Grey himself.

Developed between the 1910s and 1930s, the neighborhood was one of the first affluent areas in Los Angeles to allow African Americans to purchase homes.

Celebrated residents included gospel great Mahalia Jackson, Lou Rawls, Lena Horne, Cindy Birdsong of the Supremes, Hattie McDaniel, Civil Rights leader Thomas Kilgore, and Tuskegee Airman Celes King. The neighborhood also hosted legal icon Crispus Wright, insurance company founder Victor Nickerson, and LA’s first African American news anchor Ken Jones.

Now on the market for $2,995,000

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Listed with Malyn Dahlin and Alice Cannington of The Agency, the Country Club Park house is looking for its next history-loving owners. The English Revival-style residence is listed for $2,995,000.

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With a decade-long career as a digital content creator, Georgie started out as a real estate journalist for Multi-Housing News & CPExecutive. She later transitioned into digital marketing, working with leading real estate websites like PropertyShark, RENTCafé and Point2Homes. After a brief but impactful stint in the start-up world, where she led the marketing divisions of fintech company NestReady and media publisher Goalcast, Georgie returned to her first passion, real estate, and founded FancyPantsHomes.com