During the 1920s and ’30s, Greta Garbo was one of the most glamorous stars on the silver screen. Although the Swedish actress was born in poverty, she skyrocketed to fame after landing an MGM contract. She started out in silent films but was best known for her roles in sound pictures like Camille and Anna Karenina.
While Garbo passed away in 1990, one of her former homes was recently listed for sale. The hillside property, which is located in Los Angeles’ wealthy Beverly Crest neighborhood, was custom-made for Garbo back in 1937. In 2003, the property was purchased by renowned interior designer Nicole Sassaman for $1.4 million.
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After her purchase, Sassaman renovated and expanded the property, adding a second floor, glass walls, and many other distinctive features. While the original home was once 2,000 square feet, the property has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 4,675 square feet of space in total. It’s currently listed with Mark Mintz at Compass Real Estate and has an asking price of $12 million.
Even though the adobe-style property has been modernized, it still has many features that are original to the home, including a stucco facade and a curved fireplace. It’s located on a spacious 15,080-square-foot lot and offers breathtaking 180-degree views of Downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. Throughout the property, you’ll find spacious windows and glass walls that let in natural light and help to showcase the surrounding scenery.
The home’s first floor has an open floor plan that includes an eat-in kitchen with a tiered island, a large dining room, two bedrooms, and a large living room with sliding glass doors on either side. One of these glass doors leads out to a large balcony, while the other opens up to one of the home’s highlights: its infinity pool.
The heated, filtered in-ground pool was built directly on the slope of the hill, making it look like the home is resting right on the water. Alongside the pool is a spa area that’s perfect for relaxation. The sweeping outdoor area is filled with greenery and includes a grassy yard, hot tub, and a barbecue.
When you head upstairs, you’ll discover the home’s primary bedroom, which has a walk-in closet, a fireplace, a private bath, and an expansive terrace that looks out onto the canyons and the city landscape. There are also two more bedrooms with a shared bathroom.
A lower-level staircase takes you down to the sixth and final bathroom, which is nestled beneath the property’s two-car garage. This secluded space features an attached bath and its own private balcony. On the balcony are steps that lead directly out to the yard.
Other features include additional outdoor living space on the roof and a wine cellar that spans both of the home’s two stories. This gorgeous home captures the magic of old Hollywood but feels completely modern. From its wraparound decks to its gated entrance, it’s a stunning property that blends the past and the present.