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Walt Whitman family house in West Hills on the market

This Walt Whitman family house in West Hills

This Walt Whitman family house in West Hills is on the market in June 2015 for $740,900.

A Walt Whitman family home in West Hills is on the market for $749,900.

The five-bedroom, four-bathroom house, which was built in 1697 and is in private ownership, still has many of its original features, including hand-honed wood floors and handmade nails.

"The current home is updated with plumbing and electrical, but there are signs of the old times," says Linda Wohl, of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, who is listing the property with Maria Boccard.

The basement contains the old cistern, which was used to transport running water through the house, and the window frames are all original.

Outside on the 4.1-acre property, there are some old trees, including a sycamore, which exfoliates its bark in the fall.

There's also an equestrian area with a barn, stables and a guest cottage, and nearby are horse trails.

The house is one of nine structures connected to the poet that are part of Whitman Land, a 700-acre area that once belonged to members of the family, says Richard Ryan, curator of the nearby Walt Whitman Birthplace Association.

"That area inspired 'Leaves of Grass,' " Ryan says, and it's likely Whitman may have spent time at the house.

Both Ryan and William Walter, the association's president, say that it appears the home once belonged to a great uncle who sold the land to Capt. Timothy Carll, a Revolutionary soldier, in 1788.

The oldest part of the home was moved across the street in 1908 and used to construct  another house, Walter says. That house is not included in the sale of this property.

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