Has the infamous Los Feliz murder house scared off another owner?
The 1920s Spanish-style home near Griffith Park sold three years ago for just under $2.3 million, after sitting neglected for most of the last half-century. Now, it’s back on the market, seemingly midway through renovations.
The home gained notoriety after a grisly murder-suicide took place within its walls. Early in the morning on December 6, 1959. physician Harold Perelson killed his wife, Lillian, and then attacked his teenage daughter before taking his own life.
The house sold to new owners in 1960, but was seldom occupied. Occasional trespassers found items—including wrapped Christmas presents—that appeared to have been left behind by onetime residents.
The house eventually popped back up on the market in 2016, listed as a fixer-upper or a development opportunity. It sold later that year to a couple who had plans to remodel and eventually move into the residence, according to then-listing agent Nancy Sanborn.
But the house is now up for sale again—with a $3.5 million price tag.
Building and safety records show the current owners applied for renovation permits, and work does appear to have been done on the place. Listing photos show the home’s interior spaces have been taken down to the studs, and much of the flooring has been stripped.
The house is far from move-in ready, though, and listing material describes the property as ripe for “ground up development.” Those considering taking out a jumbo mortgage to purchase the house need not apply. Only cash or hard money offers will be considered.
To see more of the house as it looks today, check out the listing.
To see it before it came on the market in 2016, take a look at these eerie photos from local photographer Alexis Vaughn, in which sundry items from the home’s long history can be seen collecting dust within its aging walls.