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Harry Chandler

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Harry Chandler was born in Landaff, New Hampshire back in 1864 to Moses and Emma. He received his education at Dartmouth College. While attending Dartmouth on a dare he jumped into a vat of starch that had frozen which led to severe pneumonia. He moved to Los Angeles for his health.

He worked at various jobs including the fruit fields. He started a small delivery company that soon became responsible for delivering many of the city’s morning newspapers. The publisher at the time Harrison Otis liked what he saw so he hired him as the Times general manager. When Otis died Harry took over the reins and as they say the rest is history.

No questions just the facts so here we go, are you ready? He had boundless energy (like me) which he transformed to Los Angeles. He was directly involved in the founding of the following: The Los Angeles Coliseum, bringing the 1932 Summer Olympics to L.A., the Biltmore Hotel, the Douglas Aircraft Company, the Hollywood Bowl, The Ambassador Hotel, the California Institute of Technology and many more. However, you may be asking yourself what has this to do with real estate. Well now you’re in luck he was an investor in the San Fernando Valley as well as the Holly wood Hills. His other real estate investments were Mulholland Drive, Dana Point and the Tejon Ranch, the Vermejo Park Ranch and the C&M Ranch. At one time he was heavenly invested or owned the largest private landowner in the U.S. he was also an officer or director in thirty-five California corporations including oil, shipping and banking. He died in 1944 of a heart attack

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Comments (14)

Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

Smart man investing in Real Esatate.

Boundless energy!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 05, 2016 09:38 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is one amazing story and man for sure.

Aug 05, 2016 09:41 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

James Dray - Harry Chandler was certainly in the forefront of many developers now operating in Southern California. Thank you for this bit of history.

Aug 05, 2016 09:46 PM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

What a amazing life, got me again on this one.

Aug 05, 2016 10:01 PM
Carolyn Crispin
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes - Branson, MO
Crispin Team Sells Branson Homes Land & Commercial

The one thing that strikes me on each of your stories of how these people started at small jobs with great work ethic and was noticed by someone who gave them an opportunity. Opportunity and work ethic leads to bigger and bigger things for sure!

Aug 05, 2016 10:28 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I lived there for 20 years and never heard of this guy! Thanks for sharing James Dray 

Aug 05, 2016 10:36 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good monring James Dray  another good history lesson.... but jumping into a vat of starch was not the best decision!!!

Aug 05, 2016 10:50 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning James Dray - he certainly did enough for several lifetimes.  Thanks for bringing him to life.

Aug 05, 2016 10:51 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Your name came up at our meet-up yesterday! As for Harry, back to normal, never heard of him! Enjoy your day!

Aug 05, 2016 10:52 PM
James Dray

All good I hope Wayne.  I try to keep pace with your trivia

Aug 05, 2016 10:55 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Another interesting biography James Dray - keep em coming!

Aug 06, 2016 01:35 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

James- that is amazing. What a remarkable person and wouldn't it have been nice to buy up land in California back in the day. 

Aug 06, 2016 02:28 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Just think about it . . . . It all started by jumping a barrel of frozen stretch.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 06, 2016 06:26 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

WOW...that guy did a lot. Whew...he must have had a lot of energy. 

Aug 06, 2016 07:52 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Had to be something in that frozen starch - besides pneumonia - that initiated the successful entrepreneurial Harry Chandler. His accomplishments - amazing.

Aug 07, 2016 12:01 PM