Los Angeles: Shangri La, Past and Present

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By Kitty Pilgrim

I glimpse an elaborate stone villa on the outskirts of Los Angeles. It looks like the set of the movie Jane Eyre, but it is relatively new, built in the Jazz Age.  Greystone Mansion is a faux English estate, solid and elegant, surrounded by 18 acres of manicured gardens.  Once a private residence for an oil magnate, Edward L. Doheny, the baronial edifice was constructed in 1927 and was used by his family as a country retreat.  Now it serves as a historic landmark, and it no longer sits in isolation - the manor is now in the luxurious enclave of Beverly Hills.