The mansion known as the Murder House, which has been virtually vacant since an infamous murder in the 1950s, is now up for sale.
In the Los Feliz neighborhood in Los Angeles, a vacant house has been the subject of various theories, rumors, trespassers, murder-mystery bus tours, and a movie, report Curbed Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Times.
On Dec. 6, 1959, around 4:30 a.m., cardiologist Harold Perelson used a ball-peen hammer to strike his wife, Lillian, in the head while she was sleeping. As she was choking on her own blood, he tried to strike his teenage daughter, Judye, in the head in the same way.
Reportedly, his aim was off, and Judye screamed, escaped from the house, and ran to a neighbor to call the police. When the two younger children heard the commotion and woke up, Harold told them to go back to sleep, after which he took his own life by taking copious prescription drugs.
When Perelson had bought the house, it was considered to be a "delightful 12-room home, with terraced lawns, artistic gardens and a magnificent view." It was designed in 1925 by architect Harry E. Weiner and later owned by Frederic Zelnik, a German silent film director and producer.
The year after the murder-suicide, the house was sold to Emily and Julian Enriquez, who never moved in despite furnishing parts of the residence. Several decades later, Rudolph Enriquez inherited the property, but he did not move in either.
"You can’t have a house sit empty for 50 years and not expect it to fall apart," former neighbor Jude Margolis told the Los Angeles Times in 2009, reports Jeff Maysh in a Medium post. "It’s a tear-down now. It’s a shame."
Now a fixer-upper after several decades of disrepair, the infamous Los Feliz Murder House is again on the market as a probate sale. Arched doors and windows, a library, a ballroom with a bar, and separate two-car and three-car garages form part of the spacious property.
The 5,000-square-foot Spanish colonial revival-style house is listed at $2.75 million with the Sanborn Team of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.