You may remember The House of Mystery, about which I have obsessed for years. Over the past few weeks as the bus rolled past, one couldn't help to notice the swarm of trucks and dumpsters and grounds crew working their way across the property. As the days rolled by and the dumpsters filled up with greenwaste, I was *stunned* by what was being revealed. Birds of Paradise! Cacti! *HUGE* ones! Century plants! A couple of different types of palms! A lovely flowery shrub thing I still can't identify! All sitting there neglected behind those green walls, just like the house has been for who knows how many years. You could not see any of this stuff before; look at the second picture in the link above to see why. That shrub of green leaves/white flowers was jungle-thick and at least 8 feet high and, before the movie people chopped it back, grew along the fence directly in front of the house. It formed a living wall around the property, and got on my nerves because you couldn't see through it.
Every once in a while I'd get off the bus and try to find out what was going on, but one grounds crewman or another would tell me they're not The Guy. I didn't think whatever was happening involved Hollywood People because even their grounds crews show up in the giant white trucks, and there had been none of those around over the weeks. But one morning I noticed a shiny car by one of the dumpsters. Felt that radar fire up, off the bus I hop, and hey! It's The Guy!
Me: Are you The Guy?
The Guy: <glances toward wrought-iron gate and chain link fence and many groups of men one had to have walked right past to get to him>
Me: Yeah. It was open.
Turns out he was The Guy! And he told me the house was built in 1903. Yes, those are the original stained glass windows. Yes, it has many more. Yes, it is in rather rough shape. Yes, the site has often been used for events (though he wouldn't say who/what) and film shoots (ditto). Yes, that is the original foundation. Yes, that is a basement. Yes, it's being prepped for market. Yes, whoever gets it will probably have to deal with the historic board. No, you can't come inside and look around right now. No. Yeah, ah..NO. Can I help you with anything else?
Happily, there's an open house this weekend. Unfortunately I have to work. If you're off, it's at the corner of Crenshaw & Arlington, across the street from the school. You can't miss it.
Anywho, here are a few of the many tons of pictures I shot a couple of days after talking to The Guy. Click to enlarge. Though the one inside shot they have here looks rather alarming, I'd love to see the inside. I have imagined the potential of this house for years. If any readers buy this place, you must have me over for tea and gardening!
I think it's hilarious that my many tons of pictures of this house are far better than the ones the listing agent has posted. heh. Update! Turns out that link above is *not* the website of the listing agent. Here's his site, and it's lovely. Click on "Neighborhoods," then click on "West Adams" for delightful details. I'm going to research this house...I bet there's something interesting about it. I'll let you know what I find out. Update! My first stage of research involved walking across the street this morning and chatting with a neighbor who has lived around here for 50 years or so. Holy shit. I'm going to track out everything she said, but if even 1/2 of it turns out to be true? This is not a house. This is a book! What she told me about the house that used to be across the street from this one, where the school is now, was so sad. I stopped by briefly for the open house. I have interior shots! So more, later.