Posted on 4 Jan
Represented by Paul Lester, Aileen Comora and Daniel Stevenson, 2673 Aberdeen Avenue is a 1930 Spanish Colonial Revival that transports those who set foot upon its grounds to another time and place—enchanting, intriguing and laden with history. The home cost $30,900 to build (a hefty amount for a new house at the beginning of the Great Depression) and is now on the market for $7,395,000.
A Peek Into History
Sited on storied Aberdeen Avenue, this park estate was designed and built in 1930 by architect Gene Verge, who built, among other properties, the original Buster Keaton residence in Beverly Hills. After its original conception in 1930, the home went on to undergo many other renovations and enhancements, including the building of a 20-by-40-foot gunite swimming pool.
Over the years this Spanish Colonial Revival has been home to significant families who contributed to the history of Los Angeles. Frank A. Maginnis, an ice manufacturer, was the home’s first owner and shared the house with his wife, Eleanor W. Maginnis, and their two young daughters. Frank graduated from Los Angeles High School and studied for two years at St. Vincent’s College. Frank’s career spanned oil work, railroad surveying, and a paving inspection for the City of Los Angeles. In 1903 he became involved in the ice manufacturing business and became the manager of the Santa Fe Railway’s new pre-cooling plant. He was a member of the California Club, the Los Angeles Athletic Club, the Jonathan Club, the California Country Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and fraternal organizations.
Eleanor Maginnis was a graduate of Miss Faulkner’s School for Girls in Chicago. An accomplished soprano, she later studied at the Chicago Conservatory of Music and with noted vocal coaches. In Los Angeles, she gave recitals at the meetings of various organizations, often performing music of her own composition. Mrs. Maginnis served as vice-president of the Schubert Wa-Wan Club, a musical support group. She was also active in the Hollywood Opera Reading Club, the Parent-Teacher Association, the Delphian Society, and the U.S.O. during World War II.
Other residents included Jules and Vivian B. Fern, Dr. Sydney M. Kolodny, M. D. and Helene Kolodny, and Robert S. Mcfarlane.
Enchanting, Inspiring Design
Nearly a half-acre in size, the property includes gardens, a great lawn, and high, dense hedges for complete privacy. Classic elements have been updated and fully outfitted with the modern amenities and conveniences of today. Each room is warm and inviting. Comprised of three levels, the first level flows perfectly from entertaining rooms to more intimate conversation spaces.
The front entrance opens into a large formal entry hall with glass doors on one side leading to the gardens and lawn. An arched doorway ahead opens to the formal living room with a commanding picture window, fireplace, French doors and coffered ceiling. This living room opens to the wood-paneled library and tiled wet bar. Adjacent is the formal dining room surrounded by arches and opening to a pergola, perfect for outdoor dining and lounging. The modern eat-in kitchen looks out to the large swimmer’s pool, spa and patio seating. This is a kitchen that is perfectly appointed for the home chef or caterer. Behind the kitchen, there is a home office or bedroom with its own bathroom, shower, and back entrance.
The curved staircase leads to the long, wide upper floor landing and four perfectly separated private suites. The primary suite includes a walk-in closet, a beautifully tiled ensuite with a freestanding bathtub, and a large breakfast balcony with French doors. Further down the hall, you will find another primary suite and a traditional bedroom, each with separate dressing rooms and full bathrooms.
On the lower level of the home, there is a plush screening room, gym, and recording studio as well as a sitting room with a door leading to the pool and another door to the sauna, steam bath and other large spaces yet to be utilized.
The current owner is Neda Disney, a writer and artist who has worked in the TV and film industries. She is currently working on another novel. For more information, reach out to listing agents Paul Lester, Aileen Comora and Daniel Stevenson.