A mansion is for sale in Beverly Hills that has an amazing history-and an amazing recovery.  It is located at 805 N Linden Street, and was designed by renown architect Wallace Neff. It is a handsome Spanish styled home, and is located in one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world. This neighborhood is unique, and one which is long renown to be the home of motion picture and television stars both past and present.  Approximately 40% of the homes here sell for 3 million to 10 million dollars.  This one is being sold for $6.995 million, and has a huge amount of space for use by the buyer.  It has a total of 6246 square feet.

This particular home has a very unique distinction.  In 1946, Howard Hughes, the famous millionaire and aviation pioneer, crashed his twin engine XF-11 experimental airplane into this home, taking out the garage and most of a bedroom.  Additionally, it destroyed three of the backyards immediately adjacent to the home.

The actual event was reproduced in the movie "The Aviator", directed by Martin Scorsese, and starred Leonardo Di Caprio as Howard Hughes.  It depicts the events leading up to the crash, and the final fireball ending of the airplane in the backyard.

The home was owned by then movie actress Rosemary De Camp.  Neither she nor her husband was hurt in the event.

Howard Hughes, however, was severely injured.  He broke his collar bone, 6 ribs, damaged his lungs, and suffered 3rd degree burns on his hands.  Being who he was, it was said that as soon as he arrived at the hospital, famous personalities from every industry began to call on him and wish him well.  Also being who he was, he began work while still in his oxygen tent to redesign the XF-11 to try to correct the problems that brought him down.

The house is still a classical Spanish design with arches, wooden beams, tile floors everywhere, and a handsome patio surrounding a pool.  The history is built in.

Posted by Bruce Wagg on


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