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Neutra’s Schaarman House & Star of Indie Film The Anniversary Party

Another incredible home by architect Richard Neutra sells in the Hollywood Hills. The Schaarman House, built in 1951, is considered a pristine example of Neutra’s work. The well-preserved home is tucked away on a hilltop cul-de-sac in the Hollywood Hills and boasts views in every direction. The four-bedroom sold for $7.475 to acclaimed streetwear designer Hiroki Nakamura. The classic Neutra also was the sole setting (and star) of the 2001 independent film The Anniversary Party, which was written, directed, and starred Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming.

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Sonny & Cher’s Former Mansion Owlwood Estate Hits the Market for $180,000,000

10 park-like acres in the middle of Holmby Hills and an incredible mansion steeped in Hollywood history. The former home of Sonny & Cher, actor Tony Curtis, 20th Century Fox cofounder Joseph Schenck, Superior Oil founder William Keck, and Joseph Drown, the founder of the Hotel Bel-Air, the Owlwood Estate returns to the market listed at a cool $180,000,000.

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Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow, & Eva Gabor All Lived In This Mansion

In Los Angeles it’s not so far fetched to believe that one home, in this case 100 Delfern Drive in Beverly Hills, continuously sheltered so many Hollywood stars one after the other for decades. The six bedroom estate has a century worth of artistic and celebrity history. Built by “architect to the stars” Paul Williams, beginning with Henri Berger, the Prussian Kapellmeister composer and royal bandmaster of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi (now Hawaii), followed by David Niven, an English actor who won the Academy Award for his role in Separate Tables. And we’re just getting started. Then legendary actress Audrey Hepburn moved in with her husband, the actor Mel Ferrer. The pair co-starred in the Dostoyevsky film adaptation of War & Peace. It’s rumored that Katharine Hepburn also lived at the home at some point in the 1940s. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Actress Anita Louise and 20th Century Fox studio head Buddy Adler lived here in the 1950s, separately. During their short marriage, actress Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra called the Southern Colonial estate home. The couple paved the way for socialite and actress Eva Gabor to move in. Gabor outlasted her contemporaries and lived in the home for over twenty years which is why we now know the property as The Gabor Estate. Still with me? Now you can add your name to this long list of creatives. The Gabor Estate is for sale at $13,995,000. Let’s take a look inside!

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Carole Lombard & William Powell’s Spanish Villa in Whitley Heights – 6861 Iris Circle

In the 1920s Whitley Heights was Hollywood’s first neighborhood hideout for Golden Era celebrities. Carole Lombard and William Powell, two of the day’s brightest stars, lived in this swanky four bedroom, four bathroom Spanish villa on the quiet side of Iris Circle.

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Inside Marlene Dietrich’s Extraordinary Spanish Colonial Estate – 868 Birchwood Dr.

Legendary actress Marlene Dietrich lived to entertain. So of course she once lived at this entertainer’s dream home located in Holmby Hills. The four bedroom home features all the the romance and glamour of Old Hollywood and the timeless elegance and grace of an expertly designed layout. This is the kind of house that wasn’t just made for living but for living well.

868 Birchwood Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Price: $6,495,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Fireplaces: 6
Property Size: 6,167 sq. ft.
Lot Size: .53 acres
Year Built: 1932

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Inside Elizabeth Taylor’s Bel Air Estate – 700 Nimes Road

Legendary actress and humanitarian Elizabeth Taylor’s longtime residence at 700 Nimes Road in Bel Air was always open to those she loved. No formal invitation was necessary. She wanted it to be welcoming and warm. Surprisingly not as glamorous or ostentatious as the star herself. As fashion designer and friend Valentino put it, “Of course when she had to appear at an important event, she would put on the most beautiful dress and the most amazing jewelry and became Elizabeth Taylor, the star. But at home she liked a cozy life, friends, good food.”

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Los Angeles’s Iconic Film Houses by Wright, Neutra, Lautner, & more

Sometimes Los Angeles essentially feels like one sprawling studio backlot. We have some of the most iconic movie and TV houses in the world. It doesn’t hurt that some of these were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, or John Lautner. Below are 9 of the 10 most recognizable, architecturally significant, scene stealing houses in Tinseltown. The 10th was recently demolished so it didn’t make the cut. That’s show business (or real estate) for you.

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