Reynolds sold the beachfront pad to Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall in 1981 and then, reportedly, tried to buy it back.

By Marisa Spyker
November 02, 2018
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Stroll along the shore on Malibu’s Carbon Beach—nicknamed Billionaire’s Beach—and it certainly won’t be difficult to find a beach house with celebrity ties. (The glorious mile-long stretch of coastline has counted John Travolta, Courteney Cox, and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison among its residents.)

In the case of this on-the-market Carbon Beach pad, the lucky new owner will follow in the footsteps of not one, but two Hollywood legends. According to Variety, actress and singer Debbie Reynolds had the beachfront home custom built for her in 1965, years after she made her fortune starring in the musical comedy Singin’ in the Rain. In 1981, Reynolds sold the 3,192-square-foot home to director Garry Marshall, known best for creating the sitcom Happy Days and directing films such as Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride. Years later, Variety reports that Reynolds inquired about buying the home back from Marshall, though it seems nothing ever came of it.

It’s pretty easy to see why the home, listed with Compass for $15.95 million, is a hot commodity. Set on 40 feet of one of the most iconic stretches of coastline in the world, the five-bedroom escape leans charmingly traditional, with a Cape Cod-style shingled exterior painted deep navy. At the entrance, French front doors open up to a foyer with sky-high ceilings, which leads into a living room with cozy accents of wood and brick.

Throughout the house, views are front and center, with expansive windows looking out to the Pacific and a private ocean-facing balcony off the second-floor master. Just below, the home’s beachfront pool and brick-clad deck are the dreamiest of hangouts that surely had Reynolds singin’ in the California sunshine.

Ready to scoop up this Billionaire’s Beach pad? Find more details here.  

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