Walt Disney's Home: Your Magic Kingdom for $40k a month!
Originally designed by architect Frank Scott Crowhurst, a frequent collaborator with Walt Disney, the Los Feliz abode is an elegant and whimsical blend of architectural elements. Constructed in just three months in 1932, the stately Storybook-style home became the residence of the visionary animator, producer, and entrepreneur until 1950. During these years, Walt Disney's iconic characters, such as Snow White, Cinderella, Pinocchio, and Winnie the Pooh, were brought to life.
Purchased approximately twelve years ago for $3.7 million by Russian-Kazakh screenwriter, director, and producer Timur Bekmambetov, the 1.09-acre estate holds immense historic significance. Bekmambetov, residing primarily in Israel, acquired the property solely based on its remarkable heritage. As a custodian of this legendary site, he has provided guided tours of the hilltop estate, attracting Disney enthusiasts and Hollywood historians alike.
Situated on a high perch, the 6,300-square-foot home remains discreet from the street, protected by grand gates and a sweeping cobblestone driveway leading to a motor court with ample parking for at least 10 cars. Meticulously restored using archival images, the residence seamlessly combines modern comfort with the timeless allure of the past. With its L-shaped layout, the home features four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms adorned with leaded glass windows, ornate oak-paneled walls, and intricately hand-painted ceilings in the dining room and double-height foyer.
Approaching the front door, a pathway adorned with two colors of roses—yellow for Walt and pink for his wife Lillian—leads to a wooden entrance tucked within a turret, crowned by a charming weather vane. The interior boasts a 32-foot step-down living room with a grand brick fireplace and vaulted, beamed ceiling. Adjacent to it is a slightly smaller media room, where the original oak paneling conceals a large television and a movie screen descends from the ceiling. This was the space where Disney would review daily footage and screenings of his internationally beloved creations. The original oak-paneled wet bar remains intact, leading to a projection room. The fully updated eat-in kitchen caters to amateur and professional chefs alike, while the adjacent breakfast nook boasts white subway-tiled walls.
The bedrooms are thoughtfully dispersed throughout the house, ensuring maximum privacy and flexibility. A bedroom and bath, nestled between the kitchen and the oversized garage, serve equally well as a home office, fitness room, or staff quarters. Upstairs, a vast family room and sunroom complement two bedrooms connected by a dressing hall and a Jack-and-Jill-style bathroom. The primary bedroom offers a 23-foot walk-in closet and a spacious bathroom adorned with minty-green tiles.
Outside the living and media rooms, a vine-covered trellis shades a dining terrace, providing breathtaking views of the downtown skyline. On a lower plateau, overlooking the city, a whimsical Snow White-style playhouse, gifted by Disney to his children in 1937, still stands beneath the branches of a majestic tree, adjacent to the swimming pool. The terraced grounds feature meticulously manicured lawns, brick pathways, patios, and formal gardens, showcasing the property's enchanting ambiance.
listed by Chase Campen at Compass.