8935 Wonderland Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046
Oscar-winning actor and musician Jared Leto recently paid $5 million for this eccentric ex-military complex where top-secret nuclear films were produced. This 50,000 square foot compound was been converted into a residential complex in Los Angeles. Called Lookout Compound, or Wonderland Compound, for twenty-two years, the military operated its own studio on Wonderland Avenue in Laurel Canyon.
Like any other film-making compound in Hollywood, the 100,000 square foot, fully-operational studio featured soundstages, screening rooms, film-processing labs and even an animation department. But still a military compound, it also featured a bomb shelter, a helicopter landing pad, 17 climate-controlled vaults and two underground parking garages.
Today, some 50,000 square feet of eclectic space includes studios, a soundstage, art galleries, a theater, eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. The wide-ranging interior space features tile, paver and concrete floors, sloped ceilings, arched windows and ceiling beams. A swimming pool, a courtyard and a large motor court also are on the fortress-like grounds make Jared Leto’s new house a magical place.
For the past 20 years, Variety reports, Lookout Mountain Laboratory had been the 50,000-square-foot home of artist Mark Lipscomb and John Ladner, an ex-judge and lawyer to philanthropist Aileen Getty. They bought the complex in 1994 and began trying to sell it in 2010, asking as much as $6.5 million in various listings. Click here or on a photo for many more pictures.
John Venti, a Redfin agent who visited the compound a few years ago, said: “I have never seen anything like this in my entire life. … It is an endless property with multiple levels and areas that aided in scientific experiments to rooms that looked like interrogation rooms as well as film and weapon vaults.” (For the record, we have come across no evidence that it was used to conduct experiments or interrogations, nor to store weapons. Its original intent when built in 1941 was as “a World War II air defense center that coordinated radar installations on nearby mountaintops,”