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Lemon Heights estate for sale is packed with history – including a Prohibition-era bar

Lemon Heights estate for sale is packed with history – including a Prohibition-era bar

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The entry to the home at 11611 Skyline Drive in Lemon Heights has original features from the 1930s, including the wood-beamed ceiling, lighting fixtures and accented arches. JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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A large picture window, wood-beamed ceilings and an original fireplace and chandelier shape the living room of the house, completed in 1935. JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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The current homeowners created a master suite by opening up a wall in this upstairs bedroom. JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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The master bathroom has an Art Deco design. The tiny sink in the center is for shaving. JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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A look at the ornate shower door in the master bathroom and the tub set in an alcove JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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The kitchen has an oldtime look, but also a modern Viking stove. JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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The downstairs kitchen was a “servants” kitchen in the 1930s. JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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Another view of the living room JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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An alcove is perched between the butler’s pantry and dining room. JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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A stairway leading to the estate’s second floor JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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The current owners opened up the courtyard at the front of the house. JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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Another view of the entry courtyard JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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The wood cellar has been converted into a wine cellar. JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Prohibition-era bar at the back of the basement has a pull-down door, upper left. JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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This portrait of Will Rogers – along with the frame – was discovered painted directly onto a basement wall. MARILYN KALFUS

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The current owner found an original Wedgewood gas stove for the guest apartment over the garage. JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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A patio near the front of the house JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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A tiled fountain is at the center of this courtyard. JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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The main house seen from the upstairs apartment over the garage JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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The entry gate and motor court at 11611 Skyline Drive in Lemon Heights JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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A street view of the estate JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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Some grounds and another side of the house JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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The entry to the home at 11611 Skyline Drive in Lemon Heights has original features from the 1930s, including the wood-beamed ceiling, lighting fixtures and accented arches.JERRY MILLER, PROPREVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

A restored, 7,200-square-foot Lemon Heights estate on the market for $ 3.4 million could serve as an early 20th century movie set.

Among the features: Original 1930s light fixtures, a working dumbwaiter, wood beam ceilings, arched doorways, copper screens, Art Deco-style tiled bathrooms, laundry chutes in the halls and what once was a large “servants” kitchen.

The sprawling basement still has a wood cellar, canning room and, in a back room, a prohibition-style bar that can be quickly hidden away by a pull-down door.

“We were told that the construction on the house started in the late 20’s, like 1929 or 1930, during prohibition, so that is why the bar is here,” said homeowner Lisa Lovell. The house was completed in 1935.

A portrait of Will Rogers and a decorative frame were painted directly onto a wall. One bathroom sports a tiny sink, for shaving. The garage still has an old mechanic’s bay – originally meant for a tractor.

But the six-bedroom house at 11611 Skyline Drive also has evolved. The wood cellar has been transformed into a wine cellar and tasting room. The canning room now is used for storage.

Lovell and co-owner Greg Hanson also have opened up the entry courtyard, expanded a bedroom with a hilltop view to create a master suite, sandblasted away years of white paint to reveal original wood and bricks, and planted a small vineyard on the grounds.

Modern conveniences were blended into the oldtime kitchen, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator and Viking range. The estate also has a swimming pool, spa and motor court.

Lovell, a Realtor, said the couple bought the house in 2012 for $ 1.375 million. She said the sellers were highly motivated to close a deal. In 2010, during the housing downturn, the estate was offered at just under $ 2.3 million.

Michael Hickman of Seven Gables Real Estate is the listing agent.

The Orange County Register – News Headlines : Real Estate News