Spanish house built in 1932 for ‘Wizard of Oz’ choreographer listings for $5 million (exclusive)

Long with classic Spanish Mission-style charm, a four-bedroom home originally built in 1932 for Bobby Connolly, the choreographer of The Wizard of Oz, went on sale in Encino. Listed at $4.995 million and known as the Woodley Estate, it features a 3,674-square-foot four-bedroom main house, one-bedroom guest house and swimming pool on a generously sized corner lot of 27,000 square feet (nearly 2/3 of an acre.)

The stucco gated entrance to Woodley Estates with wooden doors.  - Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

The stucco gated entrance to Woodley Estates with wooden doors. – Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

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Original owner Connolly was nominated four times for the short-lived Oscar category for Best Dance Direction in the 1930s (including for the romantic comedy Marion Davies-Clark Gable Cain and Mabel). Since then, the house has also belonged to the likes of Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper, steel pedal pioneer Alvino Rey and, according to the Los Angeles Timeactor Gary Crosby, a son of Bing Crosby.

“It’s completely private and has a rich history,” says listing agent Rita Whitney of The Agency, adding that the gated white brick and stucco property “is walled on two sides and has an enormous amount of character and of architectural integrity”. Details to note, says Whitney, “very cool original tiling in the bathrooms, doors and hardware on the doors which are all very period and unique, and an incredible oversized fireplace and wooden beams in the living room. The house has a very old atmosphere. Other architectural features include Saltillo tiles, arched doorways, stained glass windows, French doors and, in the kitchen, clerestory windows. The garden is enhanced by mature olive and citrus trees.

The property was last sold in 2015 for $3.4 million; previously, in 1999 for $900,000 and for $131,000 in 1975.

Whitney adds that the house is “literally a block and a half from Ventura Boulevard,” which means it’s walkable to shops and restaurants. “The convenience factor is ridiculous.”

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The Woodley Estate.  - Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

The Woodley Estate. – Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

The living room with original fireplace.  - Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

The living room with original fireplace. – Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

The dining room with Saltillo tiled floor.  - Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

The dining room with Saltillo tiled floor. – Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

The swimming pool.  - Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

The swimming pool. – Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Terrace area.  - Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Terrace area. – Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Interior of the Woodley Estate - Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Interior of the Woodley Estate – Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Kitchen with clerestory windows.  - Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Kitchen with clerestory windows. – Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Master bedroom with fireplace.  - Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Master bedroom with fireplace. – Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Bathroom with original tiling.  - Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Bathroom with original tiling. – Credit: Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

Susan Pickering Photography/Courtesy of the Agency

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