The recently landmarked home of a famed local architect is for sale for $20 million.
The Landmarks Commission voted unanimously last year to landmark the estate John Parkinson built in 1920 on Woodacres Road and lived in until his death in 1935. Parkinson designed Los Angeles’ City Hall, Coliseum and Grand Central Market, but during the landmarking debate, his biographer Stephen Gee said the Woodacres estate is the best reflection of his architectural style. The two-story Italian Renaissance-style home is also remarkably unaltered, he said.
Current owner Marcia Alphson opposed the designation, saying landmark status will lower the property’s value and prevent her from making necessary renovations. She inherited Woodacres from her parents, Howard and Druscilla Alphson, who bought it from the estate of Parkinson’s widow in the 1960s.
Mary Beth Woods, a Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Property Specialist affiliated with the Brentwood office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, announced the sale last week with a list price of $20,000,000. While other properties in the neighborhood appear to be of similar size, Woods said the five-bedroom, three-bathroom, one-partial-bathroom and approximately 4,726-square-foot home is on an approximately 1.223-acre lot, which is largest flat residential lot in Santa Monica according to tax assessor records.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own Santa Monica’s largest trophy property, which was built by architect John Parkinson for himself in 1921,” Woods said. “Located on a cul-de-sac north of San Vicente Blvd., this flat lot is the largest residential lot in Santa Monica. Close to the Pacific Ocean and its beautiful beaches as well as restaurants and shops on Montana Ave, this is an opportunity to restore or recreate today’s version of an elegant estate.”