Oceanfront mansion of early tycoon’s son listed at $12M

A magnificent Spanish Colonial Revival residence on the bluffs at 102 Ocean Way in Pacific Palisades has been listed at $12 million by the Aaroe Master Trust & Probate Division. It was built in 1922-23 for Lewis L. Bradbury, Jr., the wealthy youngest son of the pioneer Los Angeles real estate developer and mine owner who commissioned the Bradbury Building in Downtown LA.

The fourteen-room mansion is crafted of thick adobe brick walls created on site with local soil and set on concrete foundations. Lumber used in the construction is said to have come from the 4,700-foot Long Wharf at Potrero Canyon, built by the Southern Pacific Railroad in a failed bid to make Santa Monica a main deep-water harbor.

The offering by Kelly deLaat and Rachelle Rosten, Executive Directors of the Aaroe Master Trust & Probate Division includes four legal parcels: the home’s lot, an adjacent lot with pool, and two vacant lots across the street. The benefit of a Mills Act contract from the City of Los Angeles is included in the sale.

Bradbury Jr. commissioned noted local architect John W. Byers to model the U-shaped residence on the 16th-Century El Greco House in Toledo, Spain. There are at least twenty different styles of California decorative art tile in the courtyard alone, all close replicas of those in the El Greco House courtyard. The main two-story stucco façade is punctuated with recessed, multi-paned wood casement windows and balconies. The entry is surrounded by 24 inches of decorative tiles. Above, French doors on a second floor balcony are surrounded by double rows of glazed tiles.

Key interior features include a two-story entry hall, a main oak staircase with carved railing, a living room with twelve-foot ceiling and carved oak mantel, and a large kitchen with counters and cabinets in quarter-sawn oak. Most rooms feature exposed-beam ceilings.

Bradbury Jr. is said to have leased the property to Marion Davies in the mid-1920s while her nearby home (now the Annenberg Community Beach House) was being constructed. In the 1970s, an attached two-story garage/guest house wing was altered by noted architect Wallace Neff.

For more information about the Bradbury House, please contact Kelly deLaat and Rachelle Rosten.

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