Archive for the ‘Celebrity Real Estate’ Category

Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel-Novarro House sells

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014


Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel-Novarro House sells in Hollywood Hills




By Lauren Beale
Los Angeles Times
December 1, 2014


The Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel-Novarro House in Hollywood Hills has sold for $3.8 million. The Los Angeles landmark has had several celebrity owners over the years. The dramatic Art Deco-style house is named for “Ben Hur” star Ramon Novarro, who had it built in 1928 for his personal secretary, Louis Samuel. Samuel originally occupied the house. Before Novarro moved in he rehired Wright to expand the interior space. A pergola, a music room and a bedroom suite were added.


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Tom Mix Residence

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012


1920s Mediterranean Owned by Silent Movie Star Tom Mix and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Carpenter




According to its listing, this 1927 Mediterranean in the Hollywood Hills was once the home of cowboy/silent film star Tom Mix. And according to public records, it’s currently the home of carpenter/actor Paul DiMeo, who spent nine seasons building houses in a hurry on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Located in the Cahuenga Pass at 3456 Floyd Terrace, the 3,994 square foot abode consists of a four-bedroom, three-bath main residence on the upper level plus a two bedroom apartment with kitchen, bath, and separate entrance below. The property’s features include arched doorways, beamed ceilings, hardwood and Saltillo tiled floors, a formal dining room, two-story living room with fireplace, and a sound/recording studio. Last sold for $1.29 million, it’s now listed at $1.135 million. [LA Curbed] By Pauline O’Connor




 3456 Floyd Terrace, Hollywood (PLEASE NOTE: This is a private residence, do not disturb the residents)



Dorothy Arzner home

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011


Landmark Arzner-Morgan residence in Los Feliz Oaks


 Director Dorothy Arzner and her partner, dancer and choreographer, Marion Morgan



This is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #301, a.k.a. the Arzner-Morgan residence at 2249 Mountain Oak Drive. Built in 1930 for director Dorothy Arzner, the first female member of the DGA, and her lifelong companion, dancer-choreographer Marion Morgan, the 3,600-square-foot Greek Revival in Los Feliz’s Oaks features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, two fireplaces, and gardens designed by famed landscape architecture team Florence Yoch and Lucile Council. The property has been “revived inside and out by architect Annie Chu, along with the addition of a pool.” 










The Gibbons/del Rio Estate

Monday, November 22nd, 2010


Dolores del Rio and Cedric Gibbons’ 1930s Art Deco Estate in Santa Monica






Designed in 1930 by legendary Hollywood art director Cedric Gibbons as a love-nest for Gibbons and his then-wife, silent-film siren Dolores del Rio, the Art Deco-style property in Santa Monica features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, an office, a gym, a lighted tennis court, and separate staff/guest quarters. It’s listed at $12.45 million. Virtual tour can be found here, and some vintage glamour shots of the house can be found at style blog Poetic Home. 757 Kingman Avenue, Santa Monica, CA.









Marion Davies house on the market

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010


Hearst and Davies’ Beverly Hills house hits market for $95 million





Yet another storied mansion has hit the market. For  $95 million, you can pick up the Beverly House, the Gordon Kaufmann-designed Beverly Hills home of William Randolph Hearst and actress Marion Davies. Located above the Beverly Hills Hotel, the home is owned by attorney and investor Leonard M. Ross, who filed for bankruptcy protection last week, according to the  Los Angeles Times. There’s even an official press release announcing its listing. “ Perhaps the most famous property in Beverly Hills, the 50,000 plus square foot estate is perched on its very own hilltop above the Beverly Hills Hotel.”


According to the press release, “unusual circumstances” led to the listing. Sounds like someone’s angry at the banks. Get in line. More from the release: “Four years before the Goldman Sachs improprieties surfaced, Ross sued the leviathan Bank of America for what he claimed to be “alleged fraud involving a Goldman Sachs-type swap transaction with huge hidden, undisclosed, mark ups and fees.”


According to the Times, the 1920s mansion was owned by Ross for more than 30 years. The official web site has more information, including the fact that the estate has one of city’s longest private drives.


And more via the official site: “Built of terra-cotta stucco, the H-shaped residence exhibits a perfect combination of Spanish and Italian style, with intricately carved ceilings and paneled walls, French doors, balconies, arched ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, which overlook the famous cascading waterfalls to the pool and the Venetian columns beyond the pool house.” The Beverly House was built by banking executive Milton Getz, the Kennedys (John and Jackie) honeymooned here, and the famous horse-head-on-a bed scene from “The Godfather” was filmed on the site. Additionally, the less acclaimed but entirely satisfying film “The Bodyguard” was also shot here.









William Haines house

Friday, July 30th, 2010


Former Hollywood home of Billy Haines, Tallulah Bankhead






Our heart skipped a beat when we spotted this listing on the MLS for one unit of a duplex in the Hollywood Hills. Built in 1926, the duplex at 1712 N. Stanley Avenue, was once the home of Billy Haines, the legendary interior designer beloved by Old Hollywood glamourpusses such as Joan Crawford, Carol Lombard, and Claudette Colbert.


And according to the book Tallulah!, Haines also rented the home to his friend Tallulah Bankhead for a time in the early 1930s. Alas, the listing is skimpy on pix, and the ones it does have aren’t very satisfying. (Anyone else have a pet peeve about photos where a TV is on? We also detest it in Youtube videos.) Nevertheless, here’s the description: “Gated, formal entry with amazing panelling, beautiful courtyard patio, incredible living room with high ceilings and fireplace, den or office, spacious kitchen, 3 bedrooms, pets are welcome. Perfect for single or couple with artistic flair.” Monthly rent for the unit is $3,995.–Pauline O’Connor









Marilyn Monroe death house for sale

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010


Brentwood house where Marilyn Monroe died on the market for $3.6 million



By Martha Groves
Los Angeles Times


The Spanish colonial revival house in Brentwood where Marilyn Monroe died of a sleeping-pill overdose in 1962 is for sale for $3.6 million, according to a realty website.


The rambling four-bedroom, three-bathroom house on 5th Helena Drive features thick walls, casement windows, polished concrete and terra cotta tile floors, original wood beamed ceilings and period hardware and tiles.


Built in 1929, the “hacienda” and pool sit on 23,000 square feet of tree-filled grounds, according to the website of David Offer, with Prudential California Realty.


The listing was first reported by Curbed LA, a website that tracks commercial and residential real estate news.


The house stands behind tall gates at the end of a cul de sac. Offer’s website describes it as: “The crown jewel and largest property of all the Helenas (one of Brentwood’s most romantic and coveted locations) affording lovely vistas and great privacy & seclusion yet in close proximity to San Vicente shops & restaurants and the Sunday Farmer’s Market.”


“Marilyn Monroe Found Dead. Sleeping Pill Overdose Blamed.” So read the Los Angeles Times headline on Aug. 6, 1962, the morning after the 36-year-old actress was found by a worried psychiatrist who broke into her bedroom to find her lifeless on her bed, clutching a telephone receiver.


Wrapped in a pale blue blanket, her body was strapped to a stretcher and carried to a station wagon that transported it to the Westwood Village Mortuary.


The Times reported that Monroe had only recently bought the $75,000 house and that it was partially furnished.


SOURCE: Los Angeles Times



Harry Warner Estate…

Monday, April 20th, 2009


Harry Warner


Harry Warner estate


Harry Warner Hanock Park Estate Now A Short Sale


By Dakota
Curbed LA
Monday, April 20, 2009


Even the hallowed hood of Hancock Park is not immune to short sales. This weekend, Harry Warner’s seven-bedroom five and-bath estate came back on the market after originally being priced at $4.75 million. Built in 1923 by Warner Bros studio co-founder Warner, the estate was designed by architect Burnside Sturges, according to Here’s what the LA Times said about the place last fall: “In 1923, Harry Warner, the eldest of the four brothers who established Warner Bros. studios, commissioned this 14-room Georgian Colonial-style house in Hancock Park, which was becoming the address for many of Los Angeles’ moneyed denizens. Warner didn’t keep the place too long, however. He sold it after a few years to help finance one of the industry’s first talking pictures, “The Jazz Singer” (1927), starring Al Jolson.” Now offered at a “hugely reduced” $3.675 million, the sprawling 5,555 square foot Georgian Colonial mansion was initially listed in September 2008 and underwent two price changes before being taken off the market in January. Besides the typical great estate amenities (large over-sized pool, tennis court, and detached guest house), this mansion still boasts the original screening room in the basement where Harry and his many Hollywood friends used to hang out. — 501 S. Rossmore Avenue



John Barrymore’s Former Home For Sale…

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

John Barrymore’s Windsor Square Home For Sale



Former Barrymore home, 454 South Windsor Boulevard, Los Angeles


The Windsor Estate, a 1918 home that was once the residence of John Barrymore and Dolores Costello, is on the market again, listed for $6.495 million. (Click on 454 S WINDSOR Blvd for more information and photos)


Actress Drew Barrymore’s grandparents, legendary actor John Barrymore and his third wife, actress Dolores Costello, lived in this Windsor Square home in the 1930s.


They were having marital troubles at the time and soon divorced, but she stayed in the house with their two children until the early ’50s, when she sold the property to bachelor attorney Odell McConnell.


The house, Mediterranean in style, was built in 1918 and had a famous resident before Barrymore and Costello. Lawrence Tibbett, who starred at the Metropolitan Opera as a principal for 27 seasons, lived in the home with his uncle.


After the young baritone made his 1923 debut at the Met, his uncle sold the property.


About this property:

  • The home has a secret garden off the breakfast room; a kitchen garden; a greenhouse; and the main garden, including a pool and a mosaic pond with a fountain. There is also a trellis on a terrace.
  • Size: There are six bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms in 6,276 square feet. The lot is 27,000 square feet.
  • Features: Original features include a spiral staircase, carved paneling, intricate friezes and the Batchelder tile floor. Newer features are an updated kitchen, a family room and a steam room.
(SOURCE: CurbedLosAngeles and Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2005)



Samuel Goldwyn Estate on Market…

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008


Samuel Goldwyn Estate Hits Market For First Time



First noted by Real Estalker, Samuel Goldwyn Jr. is selling his family’s estate on Laurel Lane in Beverly Hills. Built in 1934, and described as a Georgian-style mansion, the estate was frequented by stars ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Marlene Dietrich and the “property was often used as collateral to finance films produced by the senior Goldwyn.” There are no real interior photos, so you’ll have to make due with an excerpt off the listing:


“First time on market. Exquisite classic traditional architecture set on two beautiful Beverly Hills acres, nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac just behind the Beverly Hills Hotel. This superb residence has an ideal floor plan including fabulous patio loggias and wonderful yard, exceptional solar heated pool, patio and pool house. Sunken lighted professional tennis court is adjacent to lush fruit orchard.”



All that Hollywood history and glamour can be yours for $24 million. —  1200 Laurel Lane