The Ralphs House

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Den


The Ralphs House

The Ralphs House, 1953, was designed and built by supermarket heir, Walter Ralphs, Jr., as his bachelor pad.
Located on a quarter-acre slope in Los Feliz’s gated enclave of Laughlin Park, the two-story house enjoys commanding
views of the entire Los Angeles basin, from downtown to Long Beach, Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean, the Wilshire
Corridor, Century City, Hollywood and beyond. The olive trees were planted by the neighborhood’s founder, Homer Laughlin, Sr.,
in 1902 to afford mature plantings for the later-built estate properties.

Over the last century, such luminaries as C.B. DeMille, W.C. Fields, Charlie Chaplin, Deanna Durbin, Jack Dempsey,
Carole Lombard, Basil Rathbone, Lily Pons and André Kostelanetz have called Laughlin Park home. More recent residents
included Lily Tomlin, Chick Corea, Dermot Mulroney, Catherine Keener, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Landis, Portia DeRossi,
Justin Bieber and Lafitt Pincay, among others.

The present owner, Richard Stanley, purchased the property in 1994 and began a six-month restoration with the help of architects
Tony Unruh, Michael Albanese, C.J. Bonura and designer, Trish Boyer. Systems, fixtures and finishes throughout were replaced,
added and updated as necessary. A galley kitchen and light-well bath were created. The fireplace, brickwork, open-truss ceiling
and fenestration are original. A solar array on the roof and a spa on the west patio were added later. In 2013, landscape designer
and Laughlin Park neighbor, Dee Paul, created terraced Mediterranean gardens among the now-120-year-old olive trees.

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