A Pacific Palisades home once owned by Nobel Prize-winning novelist Thomas Mann has sold to the German government for $13.2 million, potentially saving the residence from the wrecking ball.
Built in 1941 on nearly an acre, the five-bedroom, six-bathroom residence was designed by modernist architect J.R. Davidson. Fleeing the rise of Nazism, Mann moved into the home a year later and stayed for a decade.
According to the listing, the home hit the open market last year for the first time in more than 60 years. The German government purchased the residence after an online petition called on the home to be saved from demolition. Officials say it will be renovated and used as a residency for artists.