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Marilyn Monroe’s stunning former hideaway boasting nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms goes on sale in LA’s most exclusive neighborhood for $115 MILLION

Marilyn Monroe’s stunning former hideaway boasting nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms goes on sale in LA’s most exclusive neighborhood for $115 MILLION

July 10, 2019 |

A stunning mansion hailed as the most coveted property in Los Angeles has gone on sale – and it’s yours for a tidy $115 million (£92.1m).

The historic Owlwood Estate, which sits on 10 acres of land in the enclave of Holmby Hills, has been inhabited by some of Hollywood’s most prominent figures since it was built in the 1930s.

The Italian Renaissance-style property, which neighbors Sunset Boulevard and the Los Angeles Country Club, was designed by architect Robert D. Farquhar, and regularly served as a secluded hideaway for screen legend Marilyn Monroe, who frequented it as a guest of her rumored lover, Joseph Schenck, the founder of 20th Century Fox.

In 2017, the home was used by host Jay-Z as the venue for the Grammy Awards brunch, which was attended by a host of Hollywood heavyweights, including Rihanna, Nick Jonas and DJ Khaled to name a few.

The historic Owlwood Estate, which sits on 10 acres of land in the enclave of Holmby Hills, has been inhabited by some of Hollywood’s most prominant figures since it was built in the 1930s. Pictured: a rendering of a modern update to the property


The stunning property, which neighbors Sunset Boulevard and the Los Angeles Country Club, was designed by architect Robert D. Farquhar

But the stunning nine bedroom home, which boasts ten bathrooms, as well as a guest house and staff quarters, is now looking for a new owner, reports Forbes.

Over the years the sprawling property has been inhabited by Hollywood royalty, including Schenck, who was also the first president of United Artists, as well as actor Tony Curtis, and Sonny and Cher.

During his time in the mansion, Schenck regularly entertained screen legend Marilyn, having first met her on a studio lot. Their close relationship, and her reg

ular appearances at the sprawling mansion meant that rumors quickly spread about the two being lovers, however these were always denied by the starlet.

The home’s lush location was selected by British entrepreneur Arthur Letts, who made his fortune in California by transforming a bankrupt dry goods store in LA into The Broadway department store. He was the visionary behind Holmby Hills, though he died before he could realize his plan for the land. The home was built by his widow, Florence Letts Quinn, and her subsequent husband, businessman Charles H. Quinn. The 12,201 square foot Owlwood mansion became the biggest and most grand residence in the county. It’s furnished with regal marble fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, hand-carved mantles and 24-karat gold fixtures and fittings. There is a basement room with a lift to all three floors – an alternative to the stunningly grand spiral staircase

 

 

In 2017, the home was used by host Jay-Z as the venue for the Grammy Awards brunch, attended by Rihanna, Nick Jonas and DJ Khaled to name a few

Staff meet guests at the 2017 Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch at Owlwood Estate on February 11, 2017 in Holmby Hills, California (pictured left). Pictured right: the stunning grounds of the property

The stunning nine bedroom home, which also boats ten bathrooms as well as a guest house and staff quarters, is now looking for a new owner who can afford the £115million price tag

The home features a basement room with a lift to all three floors – an alternative to the stunningly grand spiral staircase – and a picturesque outdoor swimming pool

One of the stunning living rooms in the pool house, which features wood panelling and ceiling beams and an elegant chandelier

This glamorous study overlooks the lush grounds and is decorated with neutral furnishings

The home features an elegant dressing room with floor to ceiling mirrors and marble accents

The pool, which is tucked away in the stunning grounds, was built by Olympic swimmer and actress Esther Williams

One of the star attractions is the picturesque outdoor swimming pool, built by Olympic swimmer and actress Esther Williams, which has its own elegant pool house.

But it isn’t just the many luxurious amenities that have helped to make the property so famous; it has also become known as one of the most scandalous locations in LA.

After it was sold by Florence Quinn and her family, subsequent owners includer hotelier Joseph Drown, the business partner of Conrad Hilton and founder of Hotel Bel-Air, and oil tycoon William Keck.

Some Like it Hot star Tony Curtis sold the home in 1974 for around $750,000 (£601,000) to Sonny and Cher, who fell in love with the property after attending Curtis’ birthday party there. 

Love between the couple, and their sprawling estate, quickly fell apart once Sonny and Cher moved in and were still filming The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. 

The breakup was a horrific affair, during which Cher confessed her love for their guitar player, The Hollywood Reporter reports.   

But Sonny and Cher were still forced to live in the home for one year following the breakup in separate wings of the home. At the time, CBS threatened to cancel their show if either of them moved out. 

Eventually, Cher owned the rights to Carolwood following the divorce from Sonny, and she then sold the home in 1976 to carpet-business owner Ralph Mishkin for $950,000 (£759,672). Ralph renamed the property Owlwood. 

It’s currently listed at $115million and is represented by Sally Forster Jones, Tyrone McKillen and Tomer Fridman of Compass, and Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland.  

The Italian Renaissance-style house features wood panelling in some of the rooms and regal fireplaces

A cozy drawing room in the 12,201 square foot Owlwood mansion, which is going up for sale

The property features ornate furnishings including crystal chandeliers and decorative windows

The home is currently listed at $115million and is represented by Sally Forster Jones, Tyrone McKillen and Tomer Fridman of Compass, and Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland. Pictured: one of the wooden panelling-clad hallways

Music duo Sonny and Cher fell in love with the property after attending Tony Curtis’ birthday party there

The home’s lush location was selected by British entrepreneur Arthur Letts, who made his fortune in California by transforming a bankrupt dry goods store in LA into The Broadway department store

Written by Hayley Richardson 
Source Daily Mail

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