In the hillside enclave of Los Feliz, trophy homes reign supreme. Here are the top ones

Georgie Mihaila
16 Min Read

In the coveted Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz, every residence tells a story, and every street corner holds a piece of Hollywood history.

This hillside enclave, gracefully abutting Hollywood and weaving through parts of the Santa Monica Mountains, offers a unique blend of metropolitan allure and serene, natural landscapes — and owning a home here is a symbol of status and exclusivity.

The neighborhood is anchored by one of the largest city-owned parks in the country, the historic Griffith Park, a cornerstone that lends the neighborhood an air of tranquility, uncommon in large urban settings.

“Due to the proximity to historic Griffith Park, Los Feliz enjoys less density and more natural ambiance than most other large metropolitan areas,” shares Konstantine Valissarakos, one of the most preeminent real estate agents in Southern California, deeply acquainted with the area’s charm.

The neighborhood is also home to the two Los Feliz Villages, brimming with quaint, world-class restaurants and amenities. These local treasures craft a sense of belonging, making residents feel part of a “loving neighborhood” – a sentiment hard to find in the bustling city of Los Angeles.

“The two Los Feliz Villages offer quaint, world-class restaurants and amenities, making Los Feliz residents feel like they are in a loving neighborhood,” Valissarakos added, noting that “Los Feliz compares in popularity to other worldwide destination cities where the inhabitants can live anywhere globally that they want and feel special.”

Known for being a top home-buying destination for A-listers and architecture aficionados alike, the area has witnessed a significant surge in home prices, reflecting its growing demand.

“Los Feliz is home to many celebrities. Home prices have gone up in Los Feliz in recent years to match the demand,” the agent adds, highlighting the neighborhood’s appeal. “Finding a characterful or historic home in Los Feliz, akin to an art piece residence, has become a coveted dream for many.”

So then, what homes can you find in the sought-after area?

We’ve reached out to some of the top real estate brokerages with active listings in the area, to give you a feel of the type of homes you can buy in Los Feliz — but be warned, they come with steep price tags.

These figures, though eyebrow-raising, are not at all uncommon for Los Feliz, a Los Angeles neighborhood that has luxury and exclusivity woven into its very fabric.

Standout Los Feliz houses for sale, from a sprawling $38 million historic estate to a film director’s fully restored Tuscan chateau

Owning a piece of Los Feliz is not just about buying property; it’s about embracing a lifestyle desired by many but lived by a few.

And the following listings, all of them Los Feliz houses with a storied past and highly desirable attributes, stand as a testament to the caliber of properties that you can find in the sought-after area. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

#1 The Cockerham Estate, a $38 million Old World Tuscan chateau

The crown jewel of the neighborhood, the Cockerham Estate is a beautifully reimagined 1914 historic property that’s currently both the largest and highest-priced house for sale in Los Feliz.

Photo credit: Jeremy Spann courtesy of Carolwood Estates

Custom-built for Los Feliz’s prolific developer William Mead in 1914, the multi-structure private compound spans two acres and is anchored by a 20,000-square-foot mansion, offering 9 bedrooms, 9.5 baths, and an endless list of upscale amenities.

Meticulously renovated throughout by its current owners, entrepreneur Myra Chan and her husband — with design and oversight by prized architect William Heffner AIA of Studio William Heffner — the Cockerham Estate welcomes visitors with a grand 2-story entry with sweeping staircase and honed marble floors that sets the stage for the luxury we find inside.

Notable features include an elegant library and living room with imported stone fireplace, a bar/lounge (also with an eye-catching fireplace and custom wood details), an expansive kitchen with a breakfast room, fireplace, center island, and a separate prep kitchen along with a covered heated terrace and full outdoor kitchen.

We’d also like to give a nod to the massive primary with a sitting room suite, marble fireplace, terrace with views, his and hers baths, and large walk-in closets.

Photo credit: Jeremy Spann courtesy of Carolwood Estates
Photo credit: Jeremy Spann courtesy of Carolwood Estates
Photo credit: Jeremy Spann courtesy of Carolwood Estates
Photo credit: Jeremy Spann courtesy of Carolwood Estates
Photo credit: Jeremy Spann courtesy of Carolwood Estates
Photo credit: Jeremy Spann courtesy of Carolwood Estates
Photo credit: Jeremy Spann courtesy of Carolwood Estates

Listed for $38,000,000 with Brett Lawyer of Carolwood Estates, the massive Los Feliz house also comes with a lower-level entertainment space (which includes a bar and lounge), a home gym with head-on city views, a steam room, infrared sauna and salon/glam room area, and an oversized garage with elevator directly servicing all floors.


#2 A Spanish Colonial Revival estate that dates back to 1929, listed for $15.9M

A timeless gem, this Harry Hayden Whiteley, AIA-designed estate blends the grandeur of Mediterranean estates with the allure of old Hollywood glamour.

Photo credit: Christopher Stinner Photos courtesy of The Agency

With 5 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms in the principal residence and 1 bedroom and 2 bathrooms in the detached guest house, the estate sits proudly on a nearly one acre-sized lot, offering sweeping views that stretch across the LA basin and beyond.

The home greets visitors with a grand two-story rotunda entry, adorned with hand-painted art and a sweeping staircase. The grand living room, featuring hardwood floors, an ornate fireplace, and a balcony, overlooks a pool and the cityscape.

Photo credit: Christopher Stinner Photos courtesy of The Agency

A library with a unique coffered ceiling and a Prohibition-style bar, and a majestic dining room with a wood ceiling and French doors to a veranda enhance its appeal.

The chef’s kitchen is equipped with top-grade appliances and a large island. Upstairs, five luxurious bedroom suites preserve the 1920s charm, with the primary suite offering a spa-like bathroom and walk-in dressing closets.

Additional features of the $15.9 million Los Feliz house — listed with top producer Rita Whitney of The Agency — include a gym, a 2,200+ bottle wine vault, a media room with a wet bar, and a sauna. Lush grounds, a four-car garage, and a motor court complete this exquisite Southern California estate.

Photo credit: Christopher Stinner Photos courtesy of The Agency
Photo credit: Christopher Stinner Photos courtesy of The Agency

#3 An Architectural Digest-featured $9.9M house that’s a piece of Hollywood history

Set on one of Los Feliz’ most coveted streets, Bonvue Avenue, this 5,447-square-foot home is like a trip back in time to Hollywood’s golden era.

Photo credit: Andrew Bramasco courtesy of Carolwood Estates

And its beauty was just as appreciated back then as it is now — the Spanish Colonial was even featured in Architectural Digest soon after it was built, in 1925.

Sited hillside, the multi-tiered property at 4808 Bonvue Ave takes full advantage of panoramic city views while providing complete privacy at street level. The property is listed at $9,995,000 with Marci Kays and Jonathan Mogharrabi with Carolwood Estates.

Offering 5 bedrooms and 6 baths, the meticulously renovated and well-maintained Los Feliz house features a double-height grand living room with coffered, hand-painted ceilings, towering French doors, a step-down den and wet bar, all accessed from the scene-stealing foyer staircase.

Photo credit: Andrew Bramasco courtesy of Carolwood Estates
Photo credit: Andrew Bramasco courtesy of Carolwood Estates
Photo credit: Andrew Bramasco courtesy of Carolwood Estates
Photo credit: Andrew Bramasco courtesy of Carolwood Estates

The imported English wood-paneled formal dining room includes a second-level verandah, an ornamental plaster ceiling, and stained glass vignettes — a bespoke detail that runs throughout the home and compliments the many hand-painted oak doors.

A chef’s kitchen, 600-bottle wine cellar, elevator, family room, library, staff rooms, and home offices all round up the home’s interior amenities.

Photo credit: Andrew Bramasco courtesy of Carolwood Estates
Photo credit: Andrew Bramasco courtesy of Carolwood Estates
Photo credit: Andrew Bramasco courtesy of Carolwood Estates

But the amenities continue outside, where the extensive grounds feature multi-level terraces, gravel pathways, hidden gathering spaces and repurposed speak-easy, outdoor dining, and an abundance of fruit trees.

A formal lawn with a period fountain leads to a private pool that’s only visible from the home, adding an extra note of charm and seclusion.

Photo credit: Andrew Bramasco courtesy of Carolwood Estates
Photo credit: Andrew Bramasco courtesy of Carolwood Estates

#4 Villa Collina, a $7.245M trophy estate once owned by film director James Whale

Remember when we said that most Los Feliz houses tell a story, and every street corner holds a piece of Hollywood’s history?

Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates

This following property is no exception, as it was once home to lauded film director James Whale, best known for directing classic horror films including Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), among others.

Before it was purchased by James Whale, Villa Collina was originally built for Clement E. Smoot, an American golfer who competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics — where the American team won the gold medal.

Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates

The architect, Henry Harwood Hewitt, is known for designing several staple properties across Los Angeles, including poet Alice Lynch’s former home and the Westlake Masonic Temple in Los Angeles in 1914.

Touted as a “One-of-a-kind authentic dramatic Old World Tuscan chateau in epic setting on a huge flat hilltop lot in prime Los Feliz” per the listing, the 4-bed, 4-bath villa was completely restored before hitting the market for $7,245,000.

Nourmand & Associates agent Konstantine Valissarakos and Richard Yohon at Sotheby’s hold the listing.

Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates
Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates
Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates
Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates

Among its many features, 4565 Dundee Drive lists an entertainer’s kitchen with chef’s appliances, built-in breakfast nook and French doors, a primary suite with a fully updated deluxe bath with double sinks, a private office and den, and a redesigned hotel-style full guest apartment which doubles as an oversize spa.

Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates
Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates

Outside, a well-groomed garden, landscaping, and fountains bring peace and tranquility to the property, while a backyard oasis — with a tiled Roman pool and gazebo with built-in seating — lets guests and residents take in the stellar views.

Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates

#5 A Weber and Spaulding-designed architectural gem listed for $5.995M

Before Sumner Spaulding and Walter Weber — the architects behind silent film star Harold Lloyd’s 44-room Greenacres mansion — designed Santa Catalina Island’s storied Catalina Casino, they created this residential gem in Los Feliz.

Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates

Located in prime Los Feliz at 3659 Shannon Road, the home was designed to make the most of the panoramic views of the hills and LA city lights with original oversized French doors opening up from the first floor onto the sunny backyard, outdoor dining area, and pool deck.

Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates

Boasting 7 bedrooms and 7 baths across 6,408 square feet of living space, the 1928-built home retains many original features, including the classic moldings, hardwood floors, built-ins, the dumbwaiter, and double staircases.

Other unique features of the elegant Los Feliz house include three fireplaces, a first-floor library, a formal dining room, living room, and family room, a first-floor bedroom suite, and a dramatic arched hallway connecting the 6 bedrooms upstairs and the office.

Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates
Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates
Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates
Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates

There’s also a massive family room with a fireplace on the lower floor, which opens to a separate section of the yard.

Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates
Photo credit: Charmaine David courtesy of Nourmand & Associates

This beautiful property is also listed with Konstantine Valissarakos of Nourmand & Associates and Rick Yohon of Sotheby’s.

Which one of the striking Los Feliz houses above do you like most?

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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