A beachfront, French Normandy compound in Santa Monica that a real estate firm says was home to Cary Grant, Howard Hughes, Irving Berlin and other celebrities during its 88-year history is for sale at $11.995 million.

The 5,530-square foot house was built in 1930 for silent screen box-office draw Norma Talmadge.

The home has gone through some changes in nine decades. For one thing, the current owner removed the barbed wire on the top of the fence that reclusive Hughes apparently installed when he lived there.

The owner, Jennifer Diener, who has lived in the home for nearly 40 years, said Grant & actor Randolph Scott purchased the residence in the 1930’s, according to Holly Taylor of Rogers & Cowan, the publicity firm representing the property. Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury is the listing agent.

The house is set on a historic row considered the original Gold Coast.

A private gate opens to a motor court with a fountain. A formal foyer envelops a circular staircase leading to a living room, dining room and sunroom with a view of the back garden. There’s also an eat-in kitchen, butler’s pantry and wine cellar.

The large master bedroom suite, with a view of the Pacific Ocean, has sitting and dressing areas, as well as two bathrooms with original tiles. Four additional bedrooms include staff quarters with a separate entrance.

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Among the amenities are a heated swimming pool, tennis court, various patios and a viewing deck overlooking the ocean from the Santa Monica Pier to Malibu.

Other famous names linked to the house include Barbara Hutton, the Woolworth’s heiress once married to Grant, and Berlin, who spent family vacations there, according to the news release.

Actress Sharon Tate, a victim of the Manson murders in Benedict Canyon in 1969, also was said to have lived at the …read more

Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle


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