Buildings and places have a habit of getting tied to certain points in history, becoming linked inextricably to an event. While certain constructions have this happen to them for the better, there are equal numbers of others that have the very opposite happen to them, looked back on as a dark point in history. Such is the case for the Los Feliz mansion. At one point a family home, the building was tainted by a series of heinous acts carried out on its property in 1959. What happened one notorious night shaped the way the building was seen from that point on.
A lavish neighborhood in Northern Los Angeles, 1950s Los Feliz was dotted with impressive family homes, attracting the most upscale buyers imaginable. Stumbling across the upscale area, Dr. Perelson decided to buy a property in the neighborhood at the time, creating a home within which he and his family could flourish. The house was located at 2475 Glendower Place, one of the most well-to-do areas of the region. Finished off in a Spanish style, the mansion provided tons of space for the family, giving Dr. Perelson, his wife and their three children the chance to make their own mark.
Just a few years after having moved into the place, however, the Perelson family found themselves at the pinnacle of one of the most infamous stories of 1959. During the early hours of one December morning, Dr. Perelson bludgeoned his wife to death with a ball peen hammer, before turning the weapon on his eldest daughter. The screams of Judye Perelson woke up the neighbors and her two sleeping siblings, alerting them of the incident. Both younger Perelsons escaped unharmed while Judye escaped to the neighbor’s house, having avoided serious injury. Dr. Perelson, however, turned on himself, ingesting a glass full of acid, dying later from poisoning.
While it is not know why Dr. Perelson turned on his family, it is believed that he did so due to mounting financial pressure, which he was unable to control. After the incident, the three children moved swiftly out of the house, relocating to the east coast to be with their family. The house, meanwhile, was put up for sale and won by a local couple. Rather than getting up close and personal with the same history, however, the new owners decided to use the house as a storage site, leaving it eerily void of a human presence over the years.
Incredibly, the house has remained untouched since the night of the tragic incident. While dust has accumulated over the years, the Perelson’s everyday items lay strewn around the house as they would have done the very same night. Christmas gifts are still perceptible, as are 1950s furnishings, which are kitted out in every room. The sheer number of objects in the house makes for a very unsettling visit. With dolls, furniture and household items still in the same place, the Los Feliz mansion gives the impression of having been frozen in time, forgotten by the passing decades.
Over the years, of course, the house has been subject to a number of vandalization and break ins. A number of rooms in the house have been uprooted and damaged, with any number of individuals haven broken in to take their own keepsake. The passing time has had its effect on the house, too, causing certain areas of the structure to begin decaying and breaking down.
Earlier this year, the mansion was put up for sale, having been left unclaimed by the last buyers. After more than 50 years, the house was looking for a new owner again, asking merely a $2.75 million price tag for the taking and for the creation of a new story.