Former Rustic Canyon hangout of Clark Gable and Walt Disney lists for $8M

Property became part of 121-acre male-only retreat developed by Harry Haldeman

Feb.February 13, 2017 05:00 PM
Haldeman Road property (Partners Trust)

A slice of history just hit the market in Rustic Canyon.

The 6,195-square-foot home on Haldeman Road in the iconic Uplifters Ranch neighborhood was recently listed for $7.9 million, according to C Magazine.

The contemporary lodge-inspired home features six bedrooms, five bathrooms and a great room with a grand fireplace.

Owner Larry Butler, who runs an investment company, purchased the home from actor Daryl Hannah in 1999 for $1.5 million, according to Zillow. It was the property’s history that convinced him to purchase the “quasi-falling apart” house, Butler told C magazine.

The home was built in 1923 in Lake Arrowhead for the set of the silent film “The Courtship of Miles Standish.” When the film’s production company went under, banker Marco Hellman took possession of the set, and had the house moved to its current location in Rustic Canyon, hiring architect Arthur Heineman to convert it into a beach house. The stones surrounding the fireplace were dismantled from the original cabin, numbered and reassembled.

The cabin ultimately became part of the 121-acre male-only retreat developed by Harry Haldeman, who dubbed the exclusive group the Uplifters Club. Hellman’s house became a hangout spot for Uplifters’ members such as Aldous Huxley, Walt Disney and Clark Gable. The house was also the summer retreat of former governor and Supreme Court justice Earl Warren, according to the Los Angeles Times.

But made renovations to the property in 2012, doubling its size while also preserving historical elements such as the original furniture and an eight-panel oil mural.

Hugh Evans III of Partners Trust has the listing. [C] — Subrina Hudson

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