March 22, 2023
Birch Bay, Washington
BEFORE 2001 RENOVATION
1969 photos show the “Before” taken twenty years after George Hodel sold the residence in 1950.
As pictured in the above photographs had been vacant/unoccupied since that date.
Developer Xorin Balbes bought home in 2001 for 1.2 million and spent another 1.6 million in restoring the residence. (March 17, 2017)
AFTER 2001 RENOVATION
Above paragraph from Sowden House Virtual tour “History”, inaccurately states that “…Dr. George Hodel was never actually named as a suspect at the time of the investigation.” and…”his son claimed that his father had murdered Elizabeth Short in the basement”… Neither of these statements are true. Fact- Dr. George Hill Hodel was named and actively investigated as the prime suspect and tape-recorded confessions were obtained during a “bugging” by LAPD and LADA during the original investigation. Secondly, I never claimed Elizabeth Short was “murdered in the basement”. It is my opinion she was slain in the center courtyard and her body was bisected and washed clean in the master bathroom.
A Virtual Tour of Renovation Click HERE.
Dan Goldfarb purchased the home for 4.7 million.
Dan Goldfarb sells Sowden House for 6.2 million to Nate Daneshgar owner of DTLA’s Grand Central Market
(June 21, 2022)