This historic masterpiece is more than just a home – it's a celebrity. Built in 1908 by architect Alfred F. Rosenheim as his own personal residence, the 14,000-square-foot estate has served as a filming location for dozens of movies and television shows, including The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Zone and, most recently, American Horror Story: Murder House.
Without the eerie set dressings of American Horror Story, the wood-paneled foyer provides a warm welcome. The space offers a preview of the home's unique blend of Victorian, European and Craftsman architecture.
An abundance of vintage light fixtures and Tiffany stained-glass windows have been preserved throughout the residence. The home's original intercom system also remains intact.
Found just off the foyer, the elegant front parlor features a fireplace, a bay window and beamed ceilings. The walls are lined with mahogany wood, a sign of wealth and sophistication at the time the home was built.
The built-in Tiffany glass cabinets found in the front parlor once showcased the Rosenheim family's most-prized possessions.
At the back of the house sits the luxurious dining room. Highlights of the space include an original fireplace, barrel ceilings and leaded-glass cabinets.
Each of the home's six fireplaces is appointed with vintage Batchelder tile, rare marble and hand-hammered copper backing plates.
An elaborate pattern of mosaic tiles adorns the fireplace in the dining room.
Flowering vines and colorful birds are depicted in the dining room's hand-painted silver-leaf ceiling. The room also contains some of the home's original hand-etched light bulbs, which were restored.
Crystal and leaded-glass display cases – found in the dining room, living room, library and several of the bedrooms – are perfect for displaying treasured family heirlooms.
Sleek stainless steel appliances are offset by a traditional chandelier in the spacious kitchen. Yellow walls lend a cheerful look to the space.
Illuminated by a stunning panel of stained-glass and leaded windows, a winding staircase with elaborate carvings leads to the second floor.
At the top of the stairs, the Rosenheims designed an Asian-influenced room to showcase their collection of Asian artifacts and artwork, which they acquired during their travels.
One of six bedrooms in the home, the master bedroom features another original fireplace, a bay window and high ceilings – an unusual feature for a home built in the early 20th century.
Scene of the Crime
"Anyone who's watched American Horror Story would know the master bedroom because a lot of very significant scenes were shot in this room," says Joe Babajian of Rodeo Realty.
Decorated in the home's original black-and-white marble, the master bathroom has an air of classic elegance.
The original claw-foot tub serves as a beautiful focal point for the space.
"The prominent room on the third floor is Violet's bedroom, which has been featured on the show many times," Joe says. Each bedroom boasts built-in cabinetry for convenient storage and numerous windows that allow natural light to flow in.
In addition to the three-story main house, the property comes with a chapel currently equipped as a professional recording studio. The .75-acre lot leaves plenty of room for a tennis court, a swimming pool or gardens.