L.A.’s Murder House for Sale

The Spanish-style mansion otherwise known as the “Los Feliz Murder House” is up for sale after lying abandoned for more than half a century.

Once the scene of one of Los Angeles’s most macabre murders, the four-bedroom house is listed for $2.75 million, featuring a “grand entrance with a step-down living room with serene views, formal dining room, library/study, large kitchen, and a ballroom with bar on the third floor.” The listing does not mention the home’s gruesome history, but the story is a well-known legend to L.A. residents.

Los Feliz Murder House was home to physician Harold Perelson, his wife Lillian, and their three children. In the very early morning of December 6, 1959, Perelson murdered Lillian in her sleep with a ball-peen hammer. He then went to his teenage daughter Judye’s room and struck her in the head with the same weapon.

Judye survived the hit and started screaming, “Don’t kill me” as her father told her to “Lay still” and “Keep quiet.” Judye was able to escape and ran out of the house. When the two younger Perelson children woke up, their father told them that they were having a nightmare, and to “Go back to bed.” Finally, he took two doses of Nembutal and 31 small white pills that were never identified and was dead before the ambulance arrived on the scene.

The mansion was purchased shortly after the murder-suicide by a couple named Emily and Julian Enriquez; however, it appears that it has been uninhabited since the 1960s. Emily and Julian’s son, Rudy, eventually inherited the house but never lived in it. He died last year, leaving the abandoned house open for purchase for the first time in over 50 years.

The listing photographs show the place as a fixer-upper with potential. Certainly the new owners will want to make renovations, putting the total cost of the home at somewhere closer to, if not above, the $3 million range. The average kitchen remodel generally costs about $19,226, and chances are that some rooms in the house are going to need a lot more work than the kitchen.

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