Los Feliz 'Murder House,' Empty for Decades, Has New Owner

It's Gloria Allred's daughter
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2016 3:20 PM CDT
Los Feliz 'Murder House,' Empty for Decades, Has New Owner
The so-called Los Feliz murder house.   (Zillow.com)

(Newser) – After sitting empty for more than five decades, the Los Feliz 'murder house' will soon be full of life again. The 1925 Spanish Colonial Revival—the scene of a murder-suicide—has been purchased by Lisa Bloom (the daughter of attorney Gloria Allred) and her husband Braden Pollock for about $2.3 million, the Los Angeles Times reports. In 1959, Dr. Harold Perelson beat his wife to death with a ball-peen hammer, attacked an 18-year-old daughter (she survived), and then killed himself by drinking acid. "Go back to bed. This is a nightmare," the doctor reportedly told an 11-year-old daughter, who, along with a 13-year-old brother, were uninjured. During the intervening years, the 5,050-square-foot house—which was purchased by a couple, but not lived in, in 1960 and later inherited by their son, who died last year—fell into disrepair.

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It also became the "center of morbid fascination" for people interested in the darker episodes in LA's past, according to NBC 4. "People into weird, creepy stuff would know about it," one blogger tells the TV station. Unwanted guests to the property have included prostitutes, one neighbor told the Times in 2009. Realtor Nancy Sanborn tells NBC, "It's not a haunted house," adding that tales of ghosts are just an "urban legend … kinda like the alligators in the sewers of New York." One local journalist says the fact that Bloom and Pollock shelled out well over $2 million for "the city's most notorious private residence" shows "how nuts the Los Angeles real estate market is right now." Per Zillow, features of the 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home include a "grand entrance," three-car garage, formal dining room, a ballroom with a bar, and "sweeping views." (Click for another insane recent real estate story.)

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