1927 Los Angeles Home Could Be the Old Hollywood Murder Mystery You’ve Been Waiting For!

by Sasha CarterAugust 1, 2017

1927 Home in Los Angeles for Sale, With Old Hollywood Ties and a Mysterious Death

For the first time in nearly half a century, the famed Castillo del Mar property is for sale. Once home to Hollywood director Roland West, this Pacific Palisades home is an architectural and cultural landmark. Blending Spanish, Italian, and Moorish styles, the acre-plus seaside estate rivals home for miles along the Los Angeles coast.

But don’t be fooled – this Hollywood estate isn’t all glamour and grace. Once a suitor of Roland West, the 1930s actress Thelma Todd mysteriously met her death in the lower garages of this Hollywood estate. Does the starlet’s ghost still haunt the Castillo del Mar? Take a tour and find out!

Soak in the Coastal Views From West’s Luxe Hollywood Estate

As you wind along California’s coastal highway, let your mind drift back to the ’20s. Picture custom-bodied Isotta-Fraschini cars driving through Hollywood to 17520 Revello Drive – the address of Castillo del Mar. Designed and constructed in 1927 by renowned architect Nathaniel Coleman, Castillo del Mar is a one of a kind historical estate.

Inspired by Italian architecture and luxe villas set along the Amalfi coast, this luxury Hollywood estate boasts unobstructed, awe inspiring 180-degree ocean and coastline views.

Step Inside Castillo del Mar

While Thelma Todd is no longer with us, the old Hollywood glamour of this estate lives on. Occupying a 23,216-square-foot lot, this impressive home boasts five bedrooms and four and a half baths. In its 90-year existence, the home has remained largely untouched by modern renovations.

Stunning original details including solid oak peg and groove floors, stained glass windows, hand-carved hardwood doors, bow & truss ceilings, and hand-burnished redwood beams are present throughout. The home’s extraordinary features shine bright in the kitchen, where original art deco tiles scale the walls and continue over the ceiling to capture the home’s bright, seaside charm.

Beyond the main portion of the estate, Castillo del Mar comprises several additional parcels. This luxury Hollywood estate includes attached guest suites, as well as a detached studio and chauffeurs’ quarters. And while guests and help may unwind with ease in these separate quarters, beware of Thelma Todd’s ghost lingering nearby in the home’s four-car garage…

According to the original 1935 L.A. Times article, “Coagulated blood marred the screen comedienne’s features and stained her mauve and silver evening gown and her expensive mink coat when she was found. Her blonde locks pathetically awry, in the front seat of her automobile in the garage of Roland West… at 17531 Pasetano Road.” If you’re brave enough to enter the estate’s Italianate style garages, keep your eyes narrowed as you search for hints and remnants of the famed actress’ death.

Whether you’re eager to acquire a stunning piece of Palisades architecture or you’re lured by the promise of Hollywood conspiracy, Castillo del Mar offers unparalleled glamour and mystery. For an even $6 million price tag, this home could be yours.

Shares 0
About The Author
Sasha Carter
Sasha is a writer and interior designer who lives in Virginia with her husband and three kids. She developed an interest in high profile homes through her work writing feature stories on them in a local magazine. She knows who is selling and who is buying, and is our go-to gal for any celebrity-owned or million-dollar real estate listings.