Home damaged in Howard Hughes crash for sale at $14.45M
July 11, 2017
The aviator’s crash pad: Beverly Hills home damaged during the near-fatal 1946 plane accident that helped turn billionaire Howard Hughes into a recluse goes up for sale at $14.45m
- A Beverly Hills home damaged in Howard Hughes’ 1946 plane crash has hit the market with a $14.45million asking price
- The brother and sister-in-law of actress Rosemary DeCamp were nearly killed in the accident more than seven decades ago
- Hughes was testing out a spy plane that the Air Force commissioned from his company, and ran into engine issues – crash landing near the L.A. Country Club
- Plane’s right wing sliced throug the master bedroom of the home now for sale
- The 5,678-square-foot home has five bedrooms and five bedrooms
A home damaged in Howard Hughes 1946 plane crash is now up for sale at $14.45million.
The aviator and filmmaker was testing out a spy plane that the U.S. Air Force commissioned from his company on July 7 of that year when he ran into engine problems and needed to make an emergency landing.
Hughes aimed for the Los Angeles Country Club but didn’t make it – instead landing among a few homes on nearby North Linden Drive and Whittier Drive.
Hughes was critically injured in the crash, but he survived his injuries. Above, the aviator and filmmaker being transported from the scene by paramedics
He later went on to test fly an improved model of the plane XF-11 (Hughes in the improved model above), but the Air Force later cancelled their order of the planes anyway because they were too costly
The home at 805 North Linden was damaged by the XF-11’s right wing, which sliced through the an upstairs bedroom of the home – narrowly missing the brother and sister-in-law of actress Rosemary DeCamp, the homeowner. DeCamp was the star of such golden-age Hollywood films as the Jungle Book (1942) and Yankee Doodle Dandy (also 1942).
Hughes was critically injured in the crash, but survived and a year later tested an improved model of the XF-11. However, only those two were ever built, since they proved too expensive to make on a large scale. Following that professional failure, Hughes started his decline into becoming a recluse.
DeCamp’s home was of course repaired, and is back on the market again, more than seven decades later.
According to the real estate listing, the 5,678-square-foot home has five bedrooms and five bathrooms spread over more than a third of an acre of land.
The kitchen has been renovated and features top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances
Above, one of the home’s five bedrooms. The house is painted in light blues and grays for a neutral look
The fireplace in this room probably doesn’t see much use, thanks to the sunny southern California weather
Above, another one of the home’s five bedrooms. The home was last sold four years ago for $6.25million
Above, one of the home’s five bathrooms. This one features a glass shower and white marble floors
The outdoor living space is almost as big as the house itself, with an outdoor dining area, a large pool and a hot tub
Above, a look at the outdoor living space. Aaron Kriman and Louis Evans of John Aaroe Group are the listing agents for the home
It was built in 1926 by architect Wallace Neff in the Spanish Revival style.
Features of the home include a marble-lined foyer, living room with hand-painted cathedral ceilings, a billiard room, a renovated kitchen, and a second-floor master suite that opened onto a veranda overlooking the grounds.
The home also has a sizeable outdoor living space with a rectangular swimming pool, an outdoor dining area, a fire pit and a barbecue.
The home last sold four years ago for $6.25million.
Aaron Kriman and Louis Evans of John Aaroe Group are the listing agents.
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