Photos: Inside The Notorious 'Los Feliz Murder House'
A beautiful home in Los Feliz that has been unfortunately nicknamed for even more unfortunate reasons the Los Feliz Murder House is up for sale. Here's a look inside.
There's no denying the morbid curiosity that surrounds the home at 2475 Glendower Place in Los Feliz. Perhaps it's because the prime piece of real estate sat empty for decades following the tragic events of December 6, 1959, or perhaps it's Hollywood's predilection to turn the most gruesome crimes into entertainment, but staring up at the solemn and beautiful mansion on a grassy hill hardly feels real. So let's step back.
This is a real house, where real people once lived. It was built in 1925, and in the '50s, a new family moved into the home. They were the Perelsons. The patriarch of the family, Harold Perelson, was a doctor. He and his wife, Lillian, had three children. And no one really knows why, but just weeks before Christmas in 1959, he took a ball peen hammer and bludgeoned his wife to death as she slept. He then went into his eldest child's room, 18-year-old Judye, and tried to do the same to her. He missed, and Judye was able to alert a neighbor, Marshall Ross. Ross would later say that he entered the house to find Perelson swallowing a number of pills, then settling down on Judye's bed. Perelson was dead by the time police arrived. The Perelsons two younger children, ages 13 and 11, were unharmed.
Why did Perelson commit such a vicious act against the people who likely loved him the most? Some have speculated that the family had fallen on hard times, and that Perelson had tried to take his own life before. Writer Jeff Maysh explored the case in an in-depth article on Medium that's worth a read.
Plenty of murder houses, as they're charmingly called, have recovered from the grisly acts that have unfolded within their walls. The LaBianca House, where members of the Manson family murdered the couple that lived there in 1969, was ultimately sold and lived in again. The Wonderland House, once a known drug house where four people were murdered by an unknown killer in 1981—no one was ever convicted despite some pretty key suspects, including porn star John Holmes—has new occupants. But the house on Glendower has been mostly vacant for over 50 years.
After the murder, the children were taken into the care of a relative. Maysh wrote that someone once emailed blogger Jennifer Clay of My LA Bucket List, who had once visited the house, and claimed to be a relative of the Perelsons. The supposed relative said that Judye had changed her name and that the son had moved to Israel.
The house was sold via probate auction to a different couple, Emily and Julian Enriquez. However, if they moved in, they didn't stick around long enough to make the house a home. After they both died, their son, Rudy, took over ownership. He didn't move in either, though he did apparently use the home for storage, which could explain the various post-1959 items trespassers claimed to have seen when peering through the windows.
So, now what?
The home is gorgeous. A fixer-upper, sure, but hardwood floors, plenty of space, sweeping views of the city, and a quiet neighborhood not too far from common conveniences. It's a four-bedroom, three-bath house on over a half-acre lot that, according to the listing, is "waiting for that special person looking for a wonderful opportunity to remodel or develop." The Sanborn Team of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is handling the listing, and notes that this is a probate sale, "subject to court confirmation."
A realtor, who asked to remain anonymous, went to see the house yesterday told LAist that she spotted a moving truck backed up to the garage, likely full of whatever used to belong in the house. She noted boxes of records.
Inside, she said the house contains a "huge, sunken living room with barrel ceilings and million dollar views of downtown all the way to the ocean from anywhere in front." She said the master bathroom had a very small bathroom, and also shared a Jack & Jill bathroom with what must have been Judye's room, if one is led to believe the light switch that reads 'Judy.'
Another anonymous source told us that she had grown up on Glendower, and that the house was always empty other than a red truck, which is still there. As a little girl, she used to play on some steps that led down to the house from the Ennis House, but a fence was eventually put up by neighbors to deter trespassers.
Growing up, she said she never knew about the house's history, but when she was in college, an article came out in the L.A. Times that explained the grim past.
Today, though, she said the house felt different. It was beautiful, solid and didn't feel as though it'd been locked up for 50 years—even though, she noted, someone rather obliviously left a hammer sitting on a table near the laundry room.
"I could see myself living there after smudging it," she said.