From looking at the listing for 3311 Waverly Drive in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighborhood, a potential home buyer wouldn’t suspect anything bad had happened at the house.
The description details a “classic 1920s Los Feliz gated single story home” with “breathtaking” views.
But in 1969, the home was the scene of the grisly murders of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, at the hands of four Charles Manson followers.
The couple was killed August 10, the day after the Manson “family” murdered actress Sharon Tate, who was pregnant at the time, and four others about 11 miles away.
As Deadline noted, the home has been listed just weeks before the 50th anniversary of the killings and as Quentin Tarantino’s film “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” is set to remember that era.
The listing makes no mention of the infamous LaBianca murders, which seized the city with terror. Under California law, the owner of a property only has to disclose a death on the property if it happens within three years of the purchase.
The LaBianca house, as it’s known, has changed hands several times since the murders in 1969 and last sold in 1998. The 1,655-square-foot house is listed at $1,988,800, slightly below market value. The listing went up July 10.
The agent for the listing, Robert Giambalvo, said interest has been “extremely high” in the property. However, Giambalvo is treating it like any other listing, though he is disclosing that the murders happened.
“It’s been so long since the event that it’s a non-issue for most people,” Giambalvo said. “Most of the buyers, I’m finding, were born after. They’re younger than 50 years old.”
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