House of the Week: $75 Million LA Home


Neff estate aerial

384 Delfern Dr, Los Angeles, CA
For sale: $75 million

Plenty of high-end homes are on the market, and three of the nation’s most expensive homes are situated within Los Angeles city limits. However these three pricey places — Carolwood, Owlwood and the Beverly House — are listed as pocket listings, not on the MLS and with limited or restricted photos.

The latest high-end home to hit the market, however, is publicly listed.

Situated on 7 acres — practically unheard of in Hollywood — the 15,520-square-foot home was designed by Wallace Neff, and according to listing agent Joyce Essex of Coldwell Banker Previews International, it’s one of his best works.

“The floor plan he did is one of the best,” she said. “Everything is very spacious.”

Neff was a well-known Southern California architect and developed the region’s “California style.” Active primarily from the 1920s through the 1950s, his work was highly sought after by celebrities and is continually popular with the A-lister set today. His best-known work was “Pickfair,” a grand estate designed for silver screen stars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.

Neff was commissioned to build this home in 1970 by Henry Singleton, a co-founder of Teledyne Technologies, Inc. The Singleton family still owns the estate today.

The house opens with an enormous, oval entry, featuring hand-painted wallpaper — literally, it’s art on the wall, says Essex — and then continues to grand living spaces. Outside, the grounds are park-like, with winding trails, lush landscaping, a tennis court and pool.


Erika Riggsa real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, unusual properties and home design trends. Read more of her work here

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