The majestic Chateau Emanuel in Eagle Rock, CA—which has been a family compound; the site of sporting events, weddings, and a presidential address by Ronald Reagan; and the setting for many a Hollywood film—reportedly was nearly purchased by pop singer Katy Perry for the L.A. Archdiocese.
And now, it could be yours for $5.5 million.
One of the largest and priciest estates in Eagle Rock, it comes with 3 acres, a main house, three guesthouses, a greenhouse, croquet court, recreational field, outdoor cafe, parks, pool and spa, an acre of garden paths, a bar, billiard room, gym, and parking for 40.
“It is a one-of-a-kind property for that area,” says listing agent Laura Brandt with Partners Trust. The main house’s “spectacular views from almost every window” showcase downtown Los Angeles and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Built in 1925, the home has been updated while retaining its original design. The kitchen and bathrooms have been modernized, but you’ll still find architectural details like arched walls, ornate moldings, elegant windows, and rich flooring.
The home has been “very well-maintained and updated,” notes Brandt. It is “absolutely turnkey.”
The main house measures 5,942 square feet. It has city views, a game room with bar and lounge, and wine storage. The three guesthouses total 2,954 square feet. The property boasts nine bedrooms and 12 baths in all.
In the main home, the large foyer opens to a living room with fireplace. The formal dining room features an ornate ceiling and looks out to the veranda and gardens. The massive kitchen has been updated with stainless-steel appliances and includes a breakfast banquette.
The outdoor cafe has a catering kitchen and seats up to 30, Brandt notes. The home has been rented out for private events and as a shooting location for films and TV shows, she adds.
However, you had better be prepared to devote yourself to the garden, or hire a full-time gardener, as the current owners do, leaving the grounds always ready for their close-up.
The owners first put it up for sale in 2010, and it was rumored that a limited liability company tied to Perry was looking to buy the property for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as a retirement home for priests, according to Brandt. However, the property isn’t zoned for that type of residence, so the sale fell through and the owners pulled it off the market. (This property isn’t to be confused with Perry’s recent court victory with some elderly nuns to purchase a former convent in Los Feliz.)
This unusual property comes with an unusual history. It was built in 1925 by Martin Bekins of the Bekins Moving Co. But for the past several decades it has been owned by the Kvassay family, who have had it on and off the market over the past seven years.
Its availability now takes advantage of the hot real estate market for the area. Eagle Rock is an upscale neighborhood with a trendy vibe and popular restaurants. It’s also home to Occidental College and has ties to the film industry. The area has served as a backdrop for multiple TV shows and films, including “Glee,” “The O.C.,” “Top Gun,” and “Reservoir Dogs.”
“The best parts of the property are that it is built high on a knoll with beautiful views of downtown Los Angeles, the surrounding rolling hills, Griffith Observatory, fireworks over Dodger Stadium, and views of the many surrounding neighborhoods,” says owner Robert Kvassay. “What will mostly be missed is the sheer presence of the property. It dominated the area and is a source of constant conversation and compliments.”