LA Times: Onetime Raymond Chandler home proves to be a bestseller

Article originally appeared in L.A. Times.

A Brentwood property that was briefly home to novelist-screenwriter Raymond Chandler has sold for $2.535 million – nearly 6% above the asking price of $2.395 million.


The Spanish-style house, built in 1927, went into escrow five days after it came on the market.


A red-tile roof, interior arches and tile surrounding the wood-burning fireplace in the living room underscore the home’s design roots.


The updated 2,150 square feet of interiors feature French doors, two bedrooms and three bathrooms. A guesthouse/studio, designed by architect Lise Claiborne Mathews, has heated concrete floors, a vaulted ceiling and solar panels.


The single-story house sits on a tidy 7,450-square-foot lot with gardens and mature trees.


Chandler, who died in 1959 at 70, wrote detective mysteries. Many of his novels, including “The Big Sleep,” “Farewell, My Lovely” and “The Long Goodbye,” were made into movies.


He moved frequently and lived in the Brentwood house only a short time in 1942 while working on “The High Window.”


The property previously sold for in 1995 for $612,000.


Scott Behrle of Deasy Penner & Partners was the listing agent. Marcie Hartley of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, represented the buyer.