Owlwood, the Holmby Hills estate owned in the 1960s by actor Tony Curtis and later by singers Sonny & Cher, was recently put on the market for $115 million.
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The home is one of the most important estates in California, nestled in the ultra-wealthy “Platinum Triangle.” It is often called the “Crowned Jewel” of Holmby Hills. The centerpiece of the 10-acre compound is the 12,201 square foot Italian Revival-style mansion that features a two-story grand foyer with stairs to the primary suite, which includes a fireplace, a lounge and an office. There are a total of nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in the home.
The home was designed in 1936 by architect Robert D. Farquhar, who was famous for his projects that include the Pentagon and downtown Los Angeles’ California Club. Farquhar was cherry-picked by the original developer and visionary behind Holmby Hills, Arthur Letts, for his own personal family estate. It was ultimately built by Letts widow, Florence Letts Quinn, and subsequent husband, businessman Charles H. Quinn. Eventually, the home became the largest and grandest residence in Los Angeles.
The house is flush with old-world craftsmanship, including stately public rooms, multiple fireplaces, and chandeliers, oak paneling, carved moldings, exquisitely carved plaster ceilings, and marble fireplaces There is an impressive grand foyer and all spacious rooms.
While the grand public rooms and period details draw the eye today, some of the original workmanship remains hidden. This includes thick walls that hide access passageways for service and maintenance purposes. It has also been said that prior residents had these passageways added in order to protect their privacy as they were able to use them to make more dramatic entrances and more elusive getaways from their private parties and other events. Regardless, you could revive these traditions with your own clandestine purposes.
In addition to the aforementioned celebrity owners, others include Joe Schenck, the former chairman of 20th Century Fox, who was seeing Marilyn Monroe at the time and even had her move into his guest house. Olympic swimmer and actress Esther Williams had the pool and pool house built, and which remains on the property. Also, another former owner was the infamous Ghazi Atla of Monaco, who wasted no time in installing a harem and ended up in Heidi Fleiss’ black book. Alta sold the estate to Ameriquest founder Roland Amall. the surrounding neighborhoods of Bel Air, Holmby Hills, and Beverly Hills include such luminaries as Rod Stewart, Jennifer Aniston, and Ashton Kutcher.
The Estate was recently reduced in price from a high of $180 million to its current price of $115 million.
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