Well, my friends, the Santa Monica Conservancy’s Historic Adelaide Drive Tour has come to an end. That is the homes I’ve had the privilege of viewing the interiors. Well, partial interiors.
A Craftsman style home influenced by English Arts & Crafts. It’s beautifully raised above street level. This home had the best panoramic views of the Santa Monica Bay, Pacific Palisades, & Rustic Canyons.
The Bishop Conaty House built in 1907 as a retreat for the Reverend Bishop Conaty of Los Angeles and San Diego. According to Santa Monica Conservancy the site was donated to the church by Judge Juan Carrillo, the first Mayor of Santa Monica. A subsequent owner was Mary Miles Minter, a silent movie starlet.
Apparently she was romantically involved with director Desmond Taylor, who was murdered in 1922. Unfortunately, his murder cut short her movie career. She lived in the house from 1953 to 1984. Now this is where the story gets a little confusing. At some point their was a murder or robbery in the main home. Fearing for her safety, Ms. Minter moved to the back house until her death in 1984.
The home was then bought in 1986. It was in desperate need of maintenance and restoration. Their were vines covering the exterior, stripping paint, refurbishing the infrastructure. Basically, the main house was left for ruin.
Thankfully it has been in the hands of owners who have a great respect for history and original character. The current owners bought the home in 1997 and continue to preserve the home.
Next, I’ll share about the gorgeous Moreton Bay Fig Tree and the incredible home it is a part of.
For more information about buying or selling a historical home in Santa Monica contact Kim Halverson of Prudential CA Realty at 310-737-8173