Los Angeles: Hollywood Glamour and Intrigue

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Fall 2013 California Edition

When Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford began building their 56-acre, 25-room home dubbed “Pickfair” in 1919 in recently incorporated Beverly Hills, it sparked the dawn of the golden age of movie star houses and a migration away from traditional Hollywood territory. The glamour of the silver screen was spilling into real life as the estates the stars built appeared to match the enchanted fantasies of their screen portrayals. We’ve been following how, and where, they live ever since.

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The Estate of Film Star Mitzi Gaynor | Beverly Hills, California | $5,495,000 USD

In the 1910’s and early 1920’s, most movie personalities and producers lived in east side Los Angeles in communities like Los Feliz, where Walt Disney, Cecile B. DeMille, Charlie Chaplin and others had estates. During Hollywood’s subsequent golden age, many stars, seeking more land and isolation, relocated west to Beverly Hills or north into the San Fernando Valley.

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Romantic 1930’s Spanish-style Estate | Pacific Palisades, California | $6,452,000 USD

“The Valley in those days was orange groves and ranches and farms, and this is where stars would have their ranch or getaway,” says Ernie Wish, Broker and President of Wish Sotheby’s International Realty in Sherman Oaks. Valley property represented value and investors were able to convert hunting lodges and property into homes and expansive new estates. “There are certain areas in the San Fernando Valley that have had huge star populations in the past,” says Wish, including Encino, Studio City and Toluca Lake where Bob Hope moved in 1939 and lived until he passed in 2003. “In a lot of cases those names have stuck to the property, even after decades,” Wish says. Continuing Reading Article >

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Article provided by Derek Duncan exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty®.

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