The Los Feliz Murder House Is For Sale For The First Time In Over 50 Years
After decades as a vacant spot of lore popular with ghost hunting trespassers, the Los Feliz Murder House is up for sale.
The Los Feliz Murder House sits quietly at 2475 Glendower Place in Los Feliz. From the outside, it's a beautiful, three-story Spanish revival mansion built in 1925. However, it's sat empty for over 50 years, with no known long-term occupants since a grisly murder-suicide occurred there in 1959. Now, it's on the market via a probate sale—"subject to court confirmation," the listing notes—for $2.75 million. According to the listing, it has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a big kitchen, a large dining room, a library/study, and a ballroom complete with a bar. It's also just "waiting for that special person looking for a wonderful opportunity to remodel or develop."
The house is also the unfortunate site of a terrible tragedy. The Perelson family moved into the home in the 1950s. In the wee morning hours of December 6, 1959, the patriarch of the family, Dr. Harold Perelson, took a hammer and hit his sleeping wife in the head, killing her. He then walked into the bedroom of his 18-year-old daughter, Judye, and attempted to hit her in the head with the hammer, too. However, his aim was off and Judye woke up, screamed and ran into her parents' bedroom. Discovering the body of her mother, she ran out of the house. Perelson's two younger children, ages 11 and 13, woke up and Perelson told them they were having a nightmare and to go back to bed. Judye's screams attracted the attention of a neighbor, Marshall Ross, who said that he walked into the home just in time to watch Perelson swallow several pills. He said the doctor then laid down on Judye's bed and waited for death. By the time the police arrived, he was dead. To this day, no one really knows why Perelson would be moved to such violence, though some have speculated the family had fallen on hard times.
The house was sold to Emily and Juan Enriquez via probate auction in 1960, but it appears as though they never made the house a home. It sat vacant until Emily's death in 1994, then went to her son, Rudy. Rudy also never moved in, though he had said that he used the home for storage purposes. Rudy died last year, and had no children to pass the home onto, according to Curbed LA.
A blogger who visited the house in 2012 said she saw Christmas presents underneath a tree, leading to some speculation—given that the Perelsons were Jewish—that someone had moved in and then quickly moved out.
A movie about the house in is in the works, with producers Luisa Iskin and John Wonder from the Coalition Group attached. The film will be written by Joshua Melkin (Cabin Fever 2) and it's based on a longform article written by journalist Jeff Maysh on Medium.
While the more superstitious might be inclined to steer away from the house, it seems like a pretty good buy. If the LaBianca house and the Wonderland house could find buyers, maybe someone can breathe some life into this place, too.
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