Some Victorian houses were so ‘postcard-worthy’ they were literally on postcards. The historic Andrew McNally House is one such place.
Architect Frederick Roehrig designed the lavish, blue-shingled Altadena home for the eccentric map publishing magnate in 1887. A quintessential Queen Anne-style home, the Los Angeles County estate has resurfaced after 65-years for $3.5m via listing agent Teresa Fuller of Compass.
It cost McNally $15,000 and came with an aviary, three-storey turret, octagonal ‘Turkish smoking room’ that once featured in the TV-show Entourage and a private railroad line, all nestled on a 14-acre estate with imported palm trees in the San Gabriel Mountains.
After being rescued from demolition in 1955, the 7,400 sq ft Los Angeles County property now sits on just under an acre of grounds and has been extensively restored.
Period details have been kept intact, including carved wooden panelling, stained glass windows, bronze, steam radiators, a two-sided fire-place and 24 gas lamps. The kitchen and bathrooms are modernised, and sadly, there’s no longer a private railroad, but with nine bedrooms, there’s ample space for guests.