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Historic home listed for sale in Newhall

Newhall house may have ties with 20th Century Fox

Posted: October 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The house located at 23031 8th Street in Newhall is listed for sale. The Realtor says his firm may have traced its origins back to the family which founded 20th Century Fox.


A house on the market in Newhall has a history that may include the founding family of 20th Century Fox, a Realtor handling the listing says.

“It was built in 1930 during Prohibition,” said Sean Poliseno with Higgins Hathaway Properties and Keller Williams.

The French-Norman architecture of the home has a lot of features that are very particular to the era. It also has some of the original furnishings from when the Fox family was believed to have lived in the home — like beds built into the walls, Poliseno said.

Sitting on a little more than 13 acres, the 3,065-square-foot home has four bedrooms and five baths. It was built just down the hill from the William S. Hart Mansion.

Based on research, the home on 8th and Wayman streets is one of a few homes originally built by a member of the

Fox family and Charley Mack — a “black face” actor and partner to Fox, Poliseno said.

“They built three houses and Fox lived in one of the houses,” he said.

Mack, whose real name was Charles Sellers, bought acreage in Newhall to create homes for the members of the theatrical profession.

He had “visions of a valley filled with fine homes in a location away from the noise and smoke of the city, where visitors would be drawn by the beauty of the surroundings,” reported The Newhall Signal and Saugus Enterprise in 1934.

“On the gate (of the house for sale) it says ‘The Foxes,’” Poliseno said.

The 20th Century Fox company was founded on May 31, 1935.

“The home was later given to a family maid,” Poliseno said. “We represent the family of that maid.”
The historic property is listed for sale at $2,299,999.


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