Famed Paramour Estate in LA Lists for the First Time in Over 20 Years
The legendary Paramour Estate has made its debut on the open market after quite a hiatus. Dating back to the Roaring Twenties, the opulent estate is brimming with bold colors, gilded mirrors, and crystal chandeliers. Sitting on 4.3 acres with 15 bedrooms, 12 baths, and 3 half baths, the over-the-top property is now listed for almost $40 million by current owner, restauranteur Dana Hollister.
Commissioned by socialite Daisy Canfield, heiress to the Pan American Petroleum fortune, the circa-1923 masterpiece was originally named The Canfield-Moreno Estate. Designed by the same architect behind The Owlwood Estate, Robert D. Farquhar, the mansion is more of a work of art or museum-type structure. It is no wonder the tabloids at the time dubbed it as “The Most Beautiful Home in Hollywood.”
Canfield then turned the 22,000-square-foot jewel into a girl’s boarding school, educating young orphaned women during the Great Depression. The property was later acquired by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. It was during this time that the city of Los Angeles deemed the manor a Historical Cultural Landmark.
The Paramour Estate was ultimately sold to restaurateur Dana Hollister in 1998. “When I moved in, it was mostly a matter of restoring the estate back to its original splendor,” says Hollister. Maintaining much of the initial design such as the wood cabinetry of the kitchen and Butler’s pantry, Hollister crafted a striking Spanish Colonial revival for the ages. It soon became a destination for photoshoots, weddings, award-winning films, and various special events.
While it’s perfect for these glam uses, it is a single-family home at its heart, and a jaw-dropping one. From its marble, hand-tiled pool to the breathtaking 360-degree views of the Hollywood Sign, San Gabriel Mountains, and the Pacific Ocean, Paramour Estate is truly majestic.
Sally Forster Jones of Compass holds the impressive listing.