Cary Grant's Former Beachfront Playground Is for Sale—and It’s Just as Luxurious as You Would Imagine
The opulent estate has a pool, a tennis court, and a very star-studded history.
If houses could talk, this oceanfront stunner would have lots of stories to tell.
Long before modern mansions and trendy clubs peppered the Santa Monica coastline, the biggest magnet for glitz and glam was this 90-year-old French Normandy-style estate—and it certainly saw its fair share of stars.
Built in the ‘20s along the mile-long stretch of California’s “Gold Coast”—once a mecca for Old Hollywood A-listers—the house originally belonged to silent film star Norma Talmadge.
In 1939, it changed hands to the very famous leading man Cary Grant. During Grant’s ownership, the house became a vacation escape for the biggest and brightest in Hollywood, including Grace Kelly, Barbara Hutton, Howard Hughes, Fred Astaire, and Sharon Tate.
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With a party roster like that, one can only expect a party-ready estate. Guests arrive via the courtyard-style entrance, with a romantic fountain and a four-car garage. Inside, 5,500 square feet includes a formal foyer, five bedrooms, a spacious kitchen, sunroom, lounge, and wine cellar.
And while the interiors are dripping with elegance, we can only imagine the celeb-filled fun that was had outside. The property boasts a total of 11,500 square feet of beachfront land, and half of that is devoted to alfresco enjoyment (including a brick-lined pool, tennis court, and raised observation deck).
If celebs and living seaside are your things, the A-lister palace is currently on the market for $11,995,000 through Coldwell Banker listing agent Jade Mills. And if you do happen to scoop up this covetable piece of history, we’ll be the first to roll out the red carpet.