Walt Disney’s 1932 Los Feliz home, dubbed Walt Disney’s Storybook Mansion, is now available to rent for the low, low cost of $40,000 per month.
Walt and his wife Lillian built the home in 1932 and lived there for 18 years before moving to their famous Homby Hills mega-mansion (the one with a train in the backyard).
The Disneys’ Los Feliz home was designed by architect Frank Scott Crowhurst, who collaborated with Walt on a wide range of projects over the years. The house cost around $50,000 and construction took less than three months.
In 2011, filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Profile) purchased the property and has since restored it. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Bekmambetov bought the house sight unseen and considers himself a steward of the property. Occasionally, it is opened up for public tours, often to raise funds for nonprofit organizations.
Although Disney’s Homby Hills property is the more recognizable and extravagant property, the Los Feliz house is where Walt lived when the studio produced its first classic features including Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi. It’s also where he raised his family.
Clocking in at 6,388 square feet, the home has a distinct “Disney” look. It features a Mediterranean entry, a circular rotunda, and painted vaulted beamed ceilings as well as original stained leaded glass windows and a Juliet balcony. The home also has a theater, of course, where Disney could watch dailies or screen finished versions of the classic films that his studio produced during the years he lived in the home.
The house has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and two half-bathrooms and sits on a bit more than one acre of land. The property has an in-ground swimming pool and enough driveway space to park 10 cars.
It sits just one mile from where Disney’s original Hyperion studio once stood and is one of the few physical links we have to the early era of Disney feature production. The Disney Hyperion studios were demolished in the 1960s, and a Gelson’s supermarket now sits on the property where they once stood.