The Historic Margaret and Harry Hay House in the Hollywood Hills Lists For $1.25M

The Historic Margaret and Harry Hay House in the Hollywood Hills Lists For $1.25M

By Kathryn M.
This 1930s Los Angeles home was a meeting place for legendary LGBT activist Henry Hay.

Considered a founding leader of the LGBT movement, Henry "Harry" Hay commissioned architect Gregory Ain to build this 1939 home for his widowed mother, Margaret Hay. Ain designed the nearly 1,800-square-foot home in the International Style—and it bears characteristic features such as rectilinear forms, open spaces, and smooth, flat surfaces.

The exterior of the historic residence at 3132 Oakcrest Drive is simple and clean. A sloping roofline follows the topography of the 8,000-square-foot lot.

The three-bedroom, two-bath house is listed as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument for its role as a meeting place of The Mattachine Society, an early gay rights advocacy organization that Hay co-founded. Hay, also a writer and a teacher, had a tremendous influence on the LGBT movement in Los Angeles and beyond.

An expansive plate-glass window stretches across the width of the living room, with additional doors leading to the backyard. The open space hosted gatherings of The Mattachine Society. 

Tucked into the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, California, just off Cahuenga Pass, the home affords a private setting within the busy city. The main level of the two-story house holds the kitchen, living, and dining rooms, as well as the master bedroom and a full bathroom. The lower level offers two additional bedrooms and one full bathroom.

The large living room also includes an original wood-burning brick fireplace. Solid mahogany floors contrast with the freshly painted walls that flow along the gabled ceiling.

Clerestory windows along the front facade meet casement windows surrounding the dining space. Steps lead up from the main entrance to the area, which is big enough for a large table. 

The retro kitchen features period appliances, as well as modern upgrades. Crisp white cabinetry and formica countertops provide plenty of space for cooking. 

The roomy kitchen overlooks the backyard, with plenty of windows to brighten the space. A separate entrance provides access to the rear patio.

The master bedroom features built-in drawers and a desk overlooking the picture window. Dark mahogany flooring continues from the living room.

The flat backyard is large enough for a pool and offers canyon and valley views. 

3132 Oakcrest Drive is currently listed for $1,249,000 by Chase Campen of Compass.

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