Los Angeles home restoration pro gives life to old homes

Certain LA submarkets have pockets of historic homes ripe for restoration
Published on Mar 7, 2016
  • Hollywood Hills, West Adams, Pasadena and Highland Park contain a number of historic homes.
  • The cost to restore and preserve a historic home is much higher than the initial purchase price.
  • Fenton is looking to undertake LA restoration projects on a contract basis moving forward.

Leonard FentonWhen it comes to restoring historic homes Leonard Fenton has a true understanding of how time consuming, detailed and costly preservation projects can be.An entrepreneur who sold his ad agency to Microsoft, Fenton has spent roughly his entire adult life, at least 25 years, restoring his home - a 1913 historic mansion atop the Hollywood Hills.Dubbed Artemesia, the mansion represents the largest Craftsmen residence ever built at 13,000 square feet.Spanning the past three to four years, Fenton treated the restoration of the eight-bedroom, seven-bath mansion as a full-time undertaking, putting "millions and millions" of dollars into updates, repairs, decorations, staging and preservation. In short, the original cost of the property is significantly dwarfed by the costs associated with restoration. Offering full restoration services to Los Angeles homes After devoting so much time on Artemesia, Fenton is now looking to acquire other historically signific...

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