Cary Grant, Irving Berlin, Howard Hughes, Sharon Tate and Princess Grace of Monaco. Those are some of the notable celebrities who called this beachfront Santa Monica estate their home during its 88-year history.
The 5,530 square-foot compound just went up for sale for $11.995 million. It was originally built in 1929 by architect Paul R. Crawley for silent film star Norma Talmadge. The French Normandy style home is on the market for the first time in 40 years, according to listing agent, Jade Mills . Tiffany Mills is a co-listing agent for the property.
The resort estate sits on a historic stretch of Santa Monica Beach that was part of the orginal Gold Coast, where Hollywood’s biggest names lived and played.
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The property is entered through a private gate that opens to a fountain courtyard and motor court with a four-car garage. A formal foyer with circular staircase leads to the gracious living room, elegant dining room and large sunroom overlooking the back garden. A powder room, wine cellar, butler’s pantry and spacious kitchen complete the downstairs.
A huge master bedroom suite on the second floor overlooks the ocean and includes a sitting area, large office, dressing areas, and two baths with original tiles. Four more second story bedrooms, including servants quarters with separate entrance, overlook Santa Monica Pier. The back garden offers covered and open patios, full-size heated pool, paddle tennis/pickle ball court, and a raised deck to fully view the Pacific Ocean from the Santa Monica Pier to Malibu.
Actor Randolph Scott and Woolworth’s heiress Barbara Hutton also once lived in the home. Hutton was once married to Grant, and Berlin, who spent family vacations there, according to a news release on the home.
Actress Sharon Tate, a victim of the Charles Manson murders in 1969, is believed to have lived at the house at one time.
Property records show the home last sold in February 1979, for $750,000, according to the San Jose Mercury News.