Archive for the ‘Celebrity Homes’ Category

Huell Howser’s Volcano House

50451 Silver Valley Road
Newberry Springs, CA 92357

2 BR/2 BA

If your lifelong dream is to live in a flying saucer in the middle of the desert, this is your home.  The newly-listed Volcano House is a mid-century icon, perched on a 150-foot cinder cone, offering rare architectural elements paired with unique 360 degree views.

This incredible residence was originally commissioned in 1968 by Vard Wallace, a mechanic who built a business selling drafting machines and airplane parts during World War II.

The home was subsequently owned by Huell Howser, the late producer and host of the TV show “California’s Gold”. Howser donated the home to Chapman University in 2012, a year before he died. The university planned on using it for desert studies, astronomy, and geology pursuits but found that the location was not suitable for their needs.

The Volcano House sits on 60 acres in the Mojave Desert, approximately 45 minutes east of Barstow.

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1484 Carla Ridge In Beverly Hills

1484 Carla Ridge
Beverly Hills CA, 90210

3BR/3BA, 3,645sf

Many new listings claim to “magazine quality” but few actually are. Here is one that definitely fits that description. The Hershberger Residence (i.e., celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger), was originally built by William Stephenson in 1960 and fully renovated in 2004 – 2005 by Swift Lee Office Architects. Interior design by Carole Katleman.

Located on a rare promontory lot with sweeping city to ocean views in the Trousdale Estates section of Beverly Hills, this super private home features original tactile block walls, terrazzo floors that lead out to the sybaritic shaped pool which is echoed in the scimitar shaped roof-line.

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7975 Woodrow Wilson Drive In Hollywood Hills

7975 Woodrow Wilson Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90046

4 BR, 4 BA

The Linder Residence was built in 1938 by Edward B. Rust, A.I.A. Rust is best known for the Nationally Registered Los Altos Apartments on Wilshire Boulevard and the historic Windsor Apartment Hotel in Koreatown. The deco-style residence has long been associated with the glamor of Hollywood’s “Golden Era”.

Shortly after the residence was completed, it was sold to actor Anderson Lawler (shown above in the home). According to the listing, Lawler’s friend Marlene Dietrich helped furnish the home, and later Lawler apparently rented it to Orson Welles who lived there with Rita Hayworth. Subsequent owners included opera singer Rise Stevens, actor Lex Barker and director Ralph Levy. Since 1955,s the property has been owned by writer/director Paul Harrison and his family.

The 3,151 square foot home features deco details, including the entry staircase and tiles, the round kitchen window, original fixtures and fireplaces, built-in vanities, hardwood floors and more.

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3893 Avenida Del Sol In Studio City

3893 Avenida Del Sol
Studio City, CA 91604

1 BR, 1 BA

This brand-new listing in Studio City was built by architect Ralph Bowerman, A.I.A, in 1950.

It was Rock Hudson’s home from 1951 to 1955 and was featured in Architectural Digest’s Hollywood at Home. (The above photo is Bill Anderson’s portrait of Rock Hudson, 1954.)

Nestled in the hills above Coldwater Canyon, this peaceful and private mid-century modern residence has been thoughtfully restored and updated. It features stunning wraparound walls of glass, treetop views from every room and a dipping pool.

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Samuel-Novarro House In The Oaks

2255 Verde Oak Drive
Los Angeles 90068

3 BR, 3 BA

The historic Samuel-Novarro house was built in 1928 by Lloyd Wright for Ramon Novarro’s close friend and business manager, Louis Samuel. The residence changed hands when Novarro (best known for his role in Ben-Hur) discovered Samuel had been embezzling from him and using some of the money to pay his mortgage on the Lloyd Wright home. Novarro took over ownership of the art deco/Mayanesque estate to avoid pressing charges and bringing unwanted attention to his personal life.

The majestic 4-level, 3-bedroom home is built into the side of a hill in the exclusive Oaks neighborhood in Los Feliz. It has been meticulously restored and features sleek concrete floors, dramatic windows, countless architectural details, beautiful outdoor spaces, an enclosed pool and terrace with a jasmine covered walkway.

The incredible home has consistently attracted celebrity owners, including Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Diane Keaton and Christina Ricci.

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Another Look at Ellen & Portia’s House

Remember Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s estate in Beverly Hills, listed for $49 million? Yeah, I can’t forget either. And as is the trend when mega-mansions are looking for a buyer, they did a spread for the November issue of Architectural Digest!

“We never had a house when I was growing up,” Ellen explains in the interview. “We always rented. But my father would dream, and we used to look at houses all the time. I’d pick out which bedroom would be mine and get all excited. The first thing I did when I made money was buy a house,” she says, “And then–”

“Another one,” Portia says. “And another one and another one and another one…”

Lots more photos of their palatial estate, after the break, if you’re into drooling over celebrity homes!

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1196 Cabrillo Drive In Beverly Hills

1196 Cabrillo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9 BR, 11 BA

Um, yeah. That’s not a typo. What property could possibly be worth $49M? An ultra-private, modern 3 acre compound owned by Ellen Degeneres and wife Portia de Rossi! The estate features an approximate 9,200 square foot main house, two guest houses (with an additional 15,000 square feet), plus another separate 3 bedroom house! (So many houses!) That’s a total of 9 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a fitness facility, underground parking garage, 8 fireplaces, lavishly landscaped grounds with a pond, grassy yard, infinity pool, spa, and a state-of-the-art security system–all on its own street in Beverly Hills.

Degeneres and de Rossi spent years amassing and customizing this property. According to The Real Estalker, the couple purchased the main house in the fall of 2007 for nearly $29M from Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick. Just a few months later, they bought the property next door for $8.5M, which was razed and replaced with a garden. The following June, the couple spent $5M for an adjacent ‘fixer’. A month later, they purchased the hillside home behind the main house for another $5.5M.

Check out more photos after the break, including a shot of Joan Collins in the living room.

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201 S Larchmont Boulevard In Larchmont Village

201 South Larchmont Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004

2 BR, 2.5 BA

This uniquely crafted home in the desirable Larchmont Village neighborhood is ideal for lovers of Old Hollywood history–or lovers of cedar! The 1,896 square foot home is constructed primarily of cedar both inside and out. It was originally designed by and built for Adriana Caselotti and her husband in 1976. Adriana is best known for her role as the voice of Snow White in the 1937 Walt Disney classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The residence’s architectural features include a cross-gable roof, clerestory windows, soaring 18′ vaulted ceilings, flared eaves, exposed rafter tails, and an outdoor space reminiscent of a Japanese Tea Garden Pavilion.

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Walt Disney Woking Way Residence In Los Feliz

4053 Woking Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027

4 BR, 5 BA

Walt Disney and his wife Lillian built this 4 bedroom, 5 bath home in 1932 and lived here until 1950. The historic Los Feliz residence is sited on a lovely double lot–over one acre in total.

A gated, private driveway leads to the stunning 6,388 square foot French Normandy home. The double-story living room features vaulted beamed ceilings, original stained leaded glass and a Juliet balcony.

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The Raymond Burr Estate In Hollywood Hills

1830 N Sierra Bonita Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

6 BR, 8 BA

The Raymond Burr Estate, built in 1923, sits on just under 2 ½ acres of private park-like grounds above Hollywood Boulevard.

The Mediterranean estate is a unique listing to say the least! It’s definitely over the top and filled with a lot of … stuff. The 3-level home has 7,486 square feet of living space; a detached 1,211 square foot recording studio/office; and over 1,412 square feet of warehouse space. There is also a pool, great views, and extensive grounds.

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