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Higgins-Verbeck-Hirsch Mansion at 637 S Lucerne is on the market for $4.495 million

Stories about two local houses on the market caught our attention this week. In case you missed them, here’s the scoop.

The spectacular 8 bedroom, 5 bathroom, 9,918 square foot Higgins-Verbeck-Hirsch House — also known as Historic-Cultural Monument No. 403 — is on the market for $4,495,000, for the first time in 23 years.  The distinctive Windsor Square mansion at 637 S. Lucerne has a wonderful history, recounted in an LA Weekly story that asks “why hasn’t anyone snapped this house up?”

“It’s the biggest bang for your buck” said realtor Brenda Chandler Cooke.

But according to Cooke, most young buyers today want contemporary architecture with one large room that spills into another. Too bad! This house has spectacular architectural details that could never be replicated.

Yager home at 101 N Beachwood is currently in escrow
Yager home at 101 N Beachwood is currently in escrow

The second notable house story, close to Larchmont at 101 N. Beachwood Drive, is the 3,436-square-foot former home of Antonia Yager, who was found stabbed to death there, with no sign of forced entry.

The crime is still unsolved, but the Yager home is wonderful house on a double lot, with an impressive vaulted entryway, Batchelder fireplace, hardwood floors throughout, and multiple stained glass windows—including an arresting circular skylight, according to Curbed LA.

Realtor Shar Penfold told the Buzz today that the house is in escrow and she’s optimistic for a happy ending for this property.

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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