It is located in: Beverly Hills. A little more real crime: It’s owned by a convicted fraudster Morad “Ben” Neman. And history: Howard Hughes nearly died there in the crash of his test plane in 1946.
Right now, the 6,500-square-foot home at 805 N. Linden Drive, designed by renowned LA architect Wallace Nefff, is for sale for less than $16 million, according to Mansion Global.
Neff, active from the 1920s until his death in the early 1980s, was one of LA’s pioneering residential architects. He is credited with founding the California Style, a blend of modern American design and renaissance, especially the Mediterranean style, which he incorporated into his Linden Drive home. His work includes the Pickfair Mansion in Bel Air, now demolished Falcon’s Lair in Beverly Hills and the Straus House of Santa Barbara.
Better known for its architectural pedigree is the house’s connection to Hughes, who in the late 1940s was one of the nation’s top aviators. He was piloting his XH-11 during the prototype’s maiden flight when a propeller malfunction forced him to make an emergency landing at the nearby Los Angeles Country Club golf course.
He lost 300 feet above the golf course and crashed into at least three homes, tearing nearly half the roof off 803 North Linden Drive owned by dentist Jules Zimmerman, Los Angeles Times report at that time.
“At the same time, the plane’s right wing cut across the upstairs bedroom of the house next to Zimmerman’s at 805 N. Linden Drive, nearly missing the occupants, Jerry De Kamp and his wife Elizabeth, who were inside. room at the time,” the newspaper reported.
De Kamps is now long gone. Today, the house is owned by Neman, who was sentenced to two years in prison in early 2019 for his role in a drug money laundering scheme operates through its LA textile business Pacific Eurotex Corp.
Neman, who bought the home in 2013 for $6.3 million from former Beverly Hills Mayor Richard Stone, put the property on the market in 2017 for 15 million dollars. He dropped the price to $14 million later that year before bringing it to market.
[Mansion Global] – Dennis Lynch
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