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Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Historic Homes, Interesting Houses | 7 comments | Print Print

Artemesia Craftsman

Artemesia is a seven bedroom/seven bath, 13,290sf Craftsman built in 1913 on 1.8 acres in the Hollywood Hills.

It features six Batchelder-tile fireplaces, hand-blown art glass panels, a unique english arts and crafts interior, nearly 2 acres of wooded grounds with waterfalls, the 2nd-largest pipe organ in the country, stunning views to the ocean from most rooms, and a 2,000 sf ballroom.

This secret celebrity enclave is located on a gated private street, just above Paramount Studios and the W hotel. At 13,290 sf plus guest house, Artemesia is the largest craftsman residence in the USA.

Constructed in 1913 as the family residence of the largest builder west of Chicago, no expense was spared nor corner cut. A 25yr long restoration project has just been completed in time for the house’s 100th anniversary. The entire double-gated community has been lovingly preserved, restored and up-to-date including state of the art HVAC, upgraded systems, security detection, computer networking and video, and a renovated kitchen.

Artemesia is listed for $11,995,000.  For more photos, click below.


  1. That is truly a magnificient restoration. 2nd largest pipe organ in the country? I guess that depends on the type of organ you are talking about. Here’s another blast from your past –

    I remember cruising Central, then going over to the 7th St. & Missouri location for late night pizza and free entertainment via that amazing pipe organ.


  2. Hi Jim,
    Thanks for sharing the pictures. It’s truly a beautiful home.
    However. . .uh. . .maybe it’s just the pictures but it kinda’ reminds me of the hotel Kubrick used to film The Shining. Not likely to get snowed in though! 🙂


  3. After living in a kinda-craftsman home I am say that this style is one of my favorites. As a general rule craftsman homes are built like a bomb shelter. Very livable and designed to last a long time. 11 million sounds steep but if you have the money this would be a great house.


  4. I *love* Craftsman style! Thanks for the post, Jim. Don’t laugh, but the wife and I were turned on to Craftsman style by Disney’s Grand California hotel. It’s fake, of course, but still very nice.

    FYI to any other local Craftsman fans, there’s a store in Solana Beach called Craftsman Revival that has a lot of nice (and expensive!) furniture.


  5. Sol,

    I did cruise Central a few times but never went to organstoppizza! Central was a long ways from my ‘hood (32nd St and Shea) and back then we were on the edge of town so it was easy to find a closer place to party with no cops.


  6. Jim,

    A closer place, aka a boondocker?? I lived as far west as you did east, but further south. I met my future hub cruising central during high school. He really lived in the hood, and he had a bad (as in good) vintage Pontiac Firebird he rebuild and repainted with a tricked out finish himself (took auto body through Phx. Union).