The Mediterranean-style residence was built for Vernon’s unscrupulous founder
Former Dodger first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has purchased a stylish new Los Angeles residence with some historic pedigree.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Gonzalez is the new owner of a Hancock Park estate built for John B. Leonis, an unscrupulous businessman who helped to establish the city of Vernon (and cemented its reputation as one of California’s most corrupt municipalities).
Until last month, when the sale closed, the home had never belonged to anyone outside the Leonis family.
Erected in 1926, the Mediterranean-style home was designed by architect Richard D. King, who also designed Long Beach’s impressive Villa Riviera tower. The house has six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, with hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, and French doors throughout.
It looks like a nice place to enjoy retirement—if that’s what the 36-year-old Gonzalez has in mind. The longtime Dodgers and Padres first baseman is currently a free agent.
Gonzalez paid $10.5 million for the home, which had been listed by Brett Lawyer of Hilton & Hyland.
- Historic home in Hancock Park is a hit with former Dodger [LA Times]
- Hancock Park estate built for Vernon’s founder seeks $10.9M [Curbed LA]