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Buyer Beware: These Hollywood Celebrity Homes May Be Haunted

Hollywood has plenty of celebrity tall tales but not nearly as many tales about celebrity hauntings from beyond the grave. This Halloween, take a look at some of Hollywood’s spookiest urban legends of deceased celebrities and the houses they once called home and are now rumored to haunt.

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For Lease: Los Angeles’s Most Prestigious Address – Sierra Towers #1606

Sierra Towers is a glamorous and celebrity-filled midcentury high-rise condo complex just off Sunset Boulevard on West Hollywood’s famous Doheny Road. At 32 stories, Sierra Towers offers unparalleled views no other L.A. high-rise can of the beautiful Pacific ocean, the Hollywood Hills mountains, and the ever growing downtown skyline. Now is your rare chance to live here.

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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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For Lease: Barbara Stanwyck’s Whitley Heights Estate – 6666 Whitley Terrace

In 1918, H. J. Whitley commissioned architect A. S. Barnes to design Whitley Heights as a Mediterranean-style neighborhoods on the hillsides above Hollywood Boulevard, and by the 1920s all of Hollywood’s brightest stars of the golden era were moving in. Rudolph Valentino, W.C. Fields, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, Tyrone Power, Gloria Swanson, Marlene Dietrich, Rosalind Russell, Judy Garland and Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe winner Barbara Stanwyck, who lived in this grand four bedroom Mediterranean estate with a beautiful blue tiled swimmer’s pool. And now you can live here too.

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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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There’s No Place Like the Hollywood Hills House Judy & Liza Called Home

Judy Garland must have loved houses. By my count, she lived in over 30 during her short life! But there’s one special house in the Hollywood Hills where the legendary actress taught her newborn daughter how to walk (and presumedly how to hit a high note).

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Luminaries of the Canyon: Laurel Canyon’s Most Star-Studded Home

Laurel Canyon has long been a haven for artists, musicians, and actors, but there’s one particular home in the neighborhood with a star-studded roster of owners and overnighters that include: Natalie Wood, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Mama Cass, Jimi Hendrix, Ringo Starr, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, and many, many more. The house, an enclosed English Country cabin, was the site of innumerable decadent parties, songwriting sessions, pool days, and shady drug deals.

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Inside Marilyn Monroe’s Dreamy Final Home in Brentwood

It was the first and last home legendary Hollywood bombshell Marilyn Monroe ever owned. 12305 Fifth Helena Drive in Brentwood is a dreamy Spanish hacienda that still stands today. According to Monroe biographers, Marilyn was urged by her psychologist to “put down roots” after three failed marriages to James Dougherty, Joe DiMaggio, and Arthur Miller. It is rumored she fell in love with the garden and would often spend calming afternoons there with her poodle. She bought the home in 1962 for $75,000. It last sold in 2012 for $5.1 million.

Update Friday, April 21 – Marilyn’s final home in Brentwood has returned to the market. Asking price is $6,900,000.

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