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In 1971, Robert F. McDonnell, a senior designer for Disney who left his stamp on several of the theme parks' Main Streets and the train station in Disneyland Japan, bought Greystone Manor, this 1937 property near Los Angeles, and spent years turning it into the storybook home it is today. McDonnell and his wife added a vaulted game room "that features an English pub style wet bar with custom carvings all around," according to the brokerbabble, plus stained glass and English wrought-iron hardware. "After I bought the house I was just in awe for about six months there," the current owner tells CNN, "just walking around in a daze just looking at all the detailwork, the drainpipes, the lighting, the fixtures, the stonework [...] the spires and the ivy growing all around." The five-bedroom, 3,600-square-foot home hit the market for $1.599999M in July and has since been PriceChopped to $1.449999, tempting discount shoppers as well as those who want "something that's a little more of a fantasy-style home, a little more of a dream home," says the owner.
· 2270 Cross St., La Canada Flintridge, Calif. [Zillow via Zillow Blog]
· All From Curbed Marketplace posts [Curbed National]
· Disney Designer's Greystone Manor Theme Park in La Canada [Curbed LA]
· For Sale: Disney-inspired fairy tale manor [CNN]