TV critics raved over HBO’s revival of the “Perry Mason” franchise. Fans of distinctive architecture also raved over the classic Tudor-style home used in the series.
In the series, the stately mansion served as the home of the not-so-stately E.B. Jonathan (John Lithgow), who mentored Perry Mason (Matthew Rhys) in his evolution from dowdy detective to able attorney.
In real life, the home was built in 1923 by a leading L.A. builder (Luther T. Mayo), who collaborated with a renowned architect (Edward B. Rust) to design the elegant Tudor Revival for his own family. It would become known as “Stratford on Irving,” for its English design and its location on Irving Boulevard.
Mayo built a number of architectural landmarks in Los Angeles and Santa Monica in the 1920s, including the Los Altos Apartments for William Randolph Hearst.
The Tudor “offers classic Los Angeles elegance,” said Anne Loveland, who is listing the property with Janet Loveland and Sue Carr of the Loveland Carr Group, a team of agents affiliated with the Hancock Park office of Coldwell Banker Realty.
That elegance is evident in a brick exterior with half-timbers and a Belgian slate roof. The diamond-paned windows add character, both inside and out, as can be seen in the listing photos, as well as in Jonathan’s home in the TV series.
Inside, thepecan paneling, and parquet oak floors. Much of the remarkable hardware is also original. The staircase is a masterpiece of period hand-carving.
A total of 5,794 square feet of living space is offered, between the main house and the two-story guesthouse.
The guest quarters include approximately 1,674 square feet, providing plenty of living space for an overnight stay. Alternatively, the guesthouse could also easily accommodate a screening room, workspace, or gym.
five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, all of which have been updated with new electrical wiring, plumbing upgrades, and new HVAC systems.
The bathrooms and kitchen have been charmingly updated with new features and fixtures that match the historical character of the home.
Outdoors, the parklike grounds have elegant landscaping, a gracious patio with a crisp, striped awning for entertaining, fountains, rolling lawns, neatly trimmed box hedges, and several seating areas shaded by trees that were planted almost a century ago.
The restoration and conservation were a labor of love completed by the current owners, who purchased the place in 1994 for $850,000.
Within walking distance of the trendy restaurants and shops of Parchment Village, the home is also very close to L.A. landmarks like the Wilshire Country Club, the La Brea Tar Pits, and LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
After a couple of price cuts since the home’s debut on the market in August, the most recent reduction should make this an open-and-shut case for any potential buyer.