For the first time ever, the nearly century-old Paramour Estate is for sale on the open market, listed with Sally Forster Jones of Compass for nearly $40 million
Architect Robert D. Farquhar—known for the Owlwood Estate, Beverly Hills High School and more—was commissioned by socialite Daisy Canfield to build the massive home
ONCE DUBBED “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HOME IN HOLLYWOOD,” THE STORIED PARAMOUR ESTATE IS ON THE OPEN MARKET—FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.
The property boasts soaring 360-degree views of the city, parking for 50 and a storied Hollywood history.
There’s no shortage of stunning homes in L.A., but finding one with pedigree and panache can be challenging. Now, the Paramour Estate has been listed on the open market for the first time ever, for $39,995,000, no less, making it the most expensive property—and one of the largest—for sale on the city’s east side.
“I have designed the interiors of the house to pay homage to the estate’s storied past,” says current owner designer Dana Hollister, who was surprised to find hidden cabinets in the dining room where alcohol was hidden during Prohibition
The Silver Lake estate comes with a colorful history. In 1918, socialite Daisy Canfield— heiress to the Pan American Petroleum fortune—hired architect Robert D. Farquhar to design the Spanish Mediterranean home on the area’s highest promontory. When she moved in with her husband, silent screen star Antonio Moreno, in 1923, the Canfield-Moreno estate was born, making way for an era of lavish parties, attracting Golden Age luminaries like Buster Keaton, Marion Davies and Norma Shearer.
“The bold colors, opulent gilded mirrors, crystal chandeliers, allegorical artwork, chinoiserie, taxidermy and silk upholstered settees that [decorate] the mansion set a feeling of environmental submersion or time travel,” she says NEUE FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY
The estate was transformed into the Chloe P. Canfield Memorial Home, a boarding school and academy for orphan girls, in 1929. It was then gifted to the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, who reopened it as the Immaculate Conception Convent and Home for Girls in 1953. The sisters applied for and were granted landmark status in 1988.
The home has 15 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms spread across 21,632 square feet of living space
Ten years later, designer Dana Hollister purchased the property, and since then has carefully restored the estate to its former glory. It has served as a go-to location for filming, weddings and special events.
Hollister set out to restore the home to its original splendor. PHOTO BY SIMON BERLYN
Now, the 15-bedroom, 15-bathroom, 21,632-square-foot home—filled with lavish details, handpainted vaulted ceilings and extensive gardens—can be yours. “The Paramour Estate is unlike anything on the market,” says listing agent Sally Forster Jones of Compass. “It transports you to another world with the most beautiful grounds, greenery and surrounding jaw-dropping view.” $39,995,000, paramourestate.com
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