11/03/2010 12:59 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Chateau Emanuel: The Largest Estate In Eagle Rock

Via Curbed LA: Eagle Rock's largest estate was just hauled on the market for $5.99 million--a fairly modest price if you consider that the property comes with three guest houses, a fully operational bistro cafe, and a pool. The official listing paints a fairytale story: "Croquet court, green houses, rose gardens, waterfalls, fountains, koi ponds and walkways makes this a very whimsical place."

The Eastsider LA has the scoop on what was once a mysterious presence in the Eagle Rock neighborhood:

Martin Bekins [of the Bekins Moving Company] built the house to spend his retirement years with his wife, said historical society president Eric Warren. But Bekins lived in the house only a few years before passing away in 1933. The house was then sold to oil industry executive Willfred "Bill" Lane. In 1965, Emanuel and Maria Kvassay, immigrants from Eastern Europe, purchased the property.

Photos by Jim Beckham and Robert Kvassay, courtesy of the official listing with Dilbeck Real Estate.