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Piru Mansion sells for $2.15 million

Structure once owned by the Newhall family built in late 1800s

Posted: July 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Many movies and television shows, including "Murder, She Wrote" and "The Incredible Hulk" have been shot at the Piru Mansion throughout the years.

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The Piru Mansion, a historic, picturesque Victorian structure built in the late 1800s, has been sold for $2.15 million after several years on the market.

The 11,500 square-foot home on 9.63 acres in Piru was built between 1886 and 1890 by a religious book publisher from Illinois, who set the home among orchards of fruit trees on a hillside near what is now Piru.

The mansion at 829 Park Street eventually passed into the hands of Scott and Ruth Newhall, then-owners of The Signal, in 1968.

The home, also known as the Newhall Mansion, burned to the ground in February 1981 while the Newhalls were having it renovated. The Newhalls, who were not in the home at the time it burned, reconstructed it within two years, said Tony Newhall, son of Scott and Ruth.

“They built it so well that you can’t tell which is the old and which is the new,” Tony Newhall said.

The Newhalls wanted to have the home finished by November 1983 in time for their 50th anniversary, Tony Newhall said.

“The happiest day is when they finished building their house in time for my parent’s anniversary,” Tony Newhall said. “There was a big party.”

Many movies and television shows have been shot at the Piru Mansion throughout the years. Some of the home’s film credits include: “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Charlie’s Angels” and the film “American Wedding.”

The home was also used for different Santa Clarita Valley events — including Taste of the Town — and many parties and weddings were held at the home, Tony Newhall said.

Scott Newhall died in 1992 and Ruth Newhall died about a decade later.

David Newhall-Hill, a descendant of Scott and Ruth Newhall, purchased the home in 2003 from the family trust and has made some renovations of his own. Newhall-Hill said he wanted to sell the property because he wanted to move back to Northern California.

“I enjoyed living there and I’m happy to see (the changes that the new owner wants to make),” Newhall-Hill said.

The sale of the seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom Piru Mansion was completed July 12, according to a property listing from Coldwell Banker.

The new owner, James Tashjian, plans to make more renovations to the home and use it for events, he wrote in a brief email Thursday this week.

He added that he was “excited for the opportunity” but did not give more detail about the improvements he wanted to make and what events he wanted to hold there.

kjonas@the-signal.com

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