8440 Harold Way, Hollywood Hills West
Price: $ 5,950,000
Beds, Baths: 4 BR, 3.75 BA
Floor Area: 4,332 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: “Impeccably restored historic Spanish Revival Estate sited in the hills just above Sunset Strip affords panoramic city views from Griffith Observatory to downtown and to the ocean. Built in 1926 and designed by architect Robert Finkelhor, who designed houses for Bob Hope, Harpo Marx and Barbara Stanwyck, among other celebrities. This estate combines period architectural details with modern day amenities and infrastructure. It features a two-story turret entry, period wrought-iron work, dramatic light-fixtures and stained glass. The spacious step-down living room features high ceilings, the original tile fireplace, arched windows, and French doors. The master, with a step-down sitting room/office, includes a marble master bath with steam shower and spa tub. There are 3 additional bedrooms and baths, including a guest suite w/bath, a pool room w/bath and kitchen, a gym, an art and music room, and a zen-meditation garden. Original hardwood floors & doors w/carved molding accentuate the house. Enjoy entertaining from the upper and lower terraces, from the saltwater pool and spa, as well as from the sprawling aromatic terraced gardens.”
According to esteemed architectural historian Tim Gregory, this romantic abode is one of at least two Harold Way residences designed by Robert Finkelhor. The Pennsylvania-born architect was also behind the 1926 Spanish Revival just down the road at 8433, which was home to Liberace for a spell during the 60s. Sited on a 10,850-square-foot lot, this particular Finkelhor last traded hands in November of 2008 for $ 3.434 million.