Description

This description of Falcon Lair is reproduced from the 1926 Estate Auction Catalogue. All bolding and highlighting is faithful to the original document.

Detailed Description of the Property

1 - No. 2 Bella Drive is located just within the city limits of Los Angeles overlooking Beverly Hills, at the head of Benedict Canyon Road, entering from the first street west of the Beverly Hills Hotel and north approximately one mile beyond and overlooking the "Thomas Ince" and "Harold Lloyd" estates.

(a) The improved Acreage consists of approximately eight and three-tenth acres of scenic hillside property, with approximately two acres level and terraced, and occupied by the building improvements. The geography of the acreage is practical and will permit two additional building sites.

The Landscaping includes top soiling, approximately fifty trees (principally Italian Cypress) and many rare European and Oriental shrubs, laid out along the lines of an Italian garden.

The Outside Improvements include a high concrete wall which encloses the building site and serves as a retaining wall on the lower side. It is approximately 250 feet long, built on bedrock and in some places is down twenty feet. The retaining wall has a seven-foot footing, and is thirty inches wide at the base, tapering to an eighteen inch top, surmounted by 165 feet of wrought iron fencing with ornamental lamps. The courtyard on which the house faces is laid out with a circular road, lawn, shrubbery and fountain. The courtyard is enclosed by a high concrete wall along the road, with an entrance through handsome wrought iron gates.

(b) The House is an Italian-Spanish stucco type with red Spanish tiled roof. It is constructed on two levels. There are sixteen rooms: Three master bedrooms, three baths, servant's room, wardrobe room, film laboratory room, laundry room.  On the upper level there is a library, small office, large living room, dining room, kitchen, cook's pantry, butler's pantry, servant's ante room, large reception room with adjoining cloak and washroom. All master rooms face the south and overlook Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Los Angeles. Hardwood floors throughout except the entrance hall, which is Travatine. All master rooms have beautifully designed open fire places.

The buildings and grounds are connected by an inter-communicating telephone system with six stations. There is also a servants' enunciator system. The entire house is equipped with handsome wrought iron electric light fixtures with exterior wrought iron garden fixtures and flood lights. The doors are equipped with the "Best System" master control locks. Included with the house is a large Seeger electric refrigerator and also an exceptionally large gas range with six burners and four ovens. Also included is taupe carpeting throughout, the finest grade of Axminster carpet. Also included are the draperies, consisting of very expensive silk Genoese velvet hangings and hand-loomed Italian linen net curtains.

(c) Garage Building is separate from the main house and can be entered from the court and also from the road. It has accommodations for four cars, concrete floor with "pit": repairing and tool room. Also a Boyle Dayton gasoline pump with a 120-gallon tank. Adjoining the garage is a large Trunk and Store Room. The upper story of the garage building is equipped for Servants' Quarters, which includes four bedrooms, dining room, kitchen and bath.

(d) The Stable Building is a Spanish stucco type with red tiled roof, and is situated at the extreme lower end of the property facing the road. The stable and stable court-yard are enclosed by a concrete wall with an upper wire fencing. The stable will accommodate four horses with box stalls and kennels for twelve dogs. The stables are modern in every respect, well ventilated, free from flies and odors, featuring concrete floors with dirt top in box stalls. There is a wash rack with hot and cold water for horses. Included in the stable building is a harness room and groom's quarters with bath. Also there is a large built-in incinerator.

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Falcon Lair Fact
By today's standards, Falcon Lair was quite a modest property, 16 rooms Aside from the main rooms, includes Valentino's film lab, small office, pantry rooms and servant's ante room.
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