The last time we wrote about the Higgins/Verbeck/Hirsch Mansion, a 9 bedroom, 11 bathroom home at 637 S. Lucerne Blvd., in 2017, it had just been remodeled and was being offered for sale at $8.999 million. This week, Mansion Global reports that it’s now back on the market, just three years later, for just about the same asking price as in 2017-2018.
The home was designed in 1902 by architect John C. Austin, and originally constructed on Wilshire Blvd. near Rampart Blvd. (where the Wilshire Royale apartments now stand). According to the Los Angeles Conservancy, the house was cut into three pieces and moved to its current location in Windsor Square in 1924, and later “used as a retirement home for nuns, a mission, an office, and a rooming house for young aspiring actors.”
The home was restored as a single family residence by owners Perry and Peggi Hirsch, who purchased it in the 1980s. Since the Hirsches sold the home in 2017, however, it’s had some rather brisk turnovers. According to the Mansion Global story, a “limited liability company managed by renowned architect Xorin Balbes, founder and co-owner of the interior and architectural design firm TempleHome” purchased the property from the Hirsches for $3.19 million. Balbes quickly and significantly modernized/”reimagined” the interior, bleaching the formerly dark woodwork, and replacing period light fixtures and other elements with more modern ones…changes that were much debated on many real estate blogs and websites.
The home was then sold for $7.666 million in 2018 to design consultant Linda Tatum, who has now put it back on the market at its current $8.995M asking price.
“Reimagined by Xorin Balbes, the 9 bed 11 bath home perfectly marries modern convenience with effortless elegance spanning four floors and encompassing over 12,000 square feet. Meticulously restored, the main level features a grand foyer, living room opening to an elegant formal dining room, music room, and media room. The kitchen offers a large center island and a full array of professional appliances, including a Thermador gas cooktop, butler pantry & sunny breakfast room. Additional features include a billiards room, yoga room, a custom gym, theater room, den/office, with soaring ceilings throughout. A picturesque, landscaped garden with a grand pool and spa features an additional guest house accommodating a living room with a modern kitchen and two additional bedrooms. Indeed a home best experienced in person, Higgins Mansion remains intact as a cultural masterpiece, irreplaceable with its 120-year-old history that will continue to bring effortless elegance for decades to come.”