Spectacular Unit in the Torre Del Moro

Spectacular unit in The Torre del Moro, a landmark 1920’S Andalusian style 5-unit condo complex. A unique building of style, character & rich details. Includes: individual entry, Carrara marble countertops & built-in cabinets, coffered ceiling, private garage, tile staircases w/ stepped balustrades, large rooftop deck loggia w/ bbq and sweeping city & Hills views, 2 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, custom cabinetry, steam showers.

On a quiet hillside above this fabled town, the total renovation of the Torre del Moro, completed in 2005, stands as a testament to the spirit of its original builder, Marie Russak Hotchener, a noted Theosophical lecturer and amateur architect. As Marie Russak, she had a background that included careers as a professional singer, as astrologer to John Barrymore, and as founder and designer of the Temple of the Rosy Cross (part of the Krotona compound), but it is in the dozen eclectic Moorish and Hindu style structures she built on the western slope of Beachwood Canyon that Mrs. Hotchener left a lasting, albeit little known, legacy. Film stars Charlie Chaplin and Mary Astor successively occupied the most prominent of her mansions, “Moorcrest.” Further up the ridge, at the “Ternary Building,” erected in 1915 and occupied for a time by Mr. and Mrs. Hotchener, there is a private meditation room atop a tower element that was reserved for Krishnamurti, the peripatetic Theosophical “World Teacher. The room, near the highest point of the Krotona property, has views encompassing a vast panorama of the Pacific Ocean, the Los Angeles Basin and the surrounding mountain ranges.

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