The Beverly Hills Spanish-style mansion where award-winning actress Lucille Ball (and former husband Desi Arnaz) once lived is for sale. Asking price: $6.985 million. It was built in the 1920s and has been remodeled to keep up with the times. Yet it retains enough of its original design that it can still be called “vintage.”
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The home is well-shaded in front of a number of tall palm trees that tower above the red-timed roof. Juliet balconies complement the home’s light exterior and add to its charm.
You’ll find French doors and wood floors throughout. The estate is also home to staff quarters, a guest house, and five garage spaces. In all, the expansive lot spans three acres. Want to take a closer look inside? Of course, you do. So let’s see what this house is all about.
The California mansion — all 4,126 square feet of it — features six bedrooms and seven baths. After you are ushered through the formal entryway, you’ll happen upon an elegant living room with a beamed ceiling and fireplace. Glass doors open onto the backyard, letting in plenty of natural light and stunning views of the well-kept grounds.
The outdoor spaces on the property are impressive, to say the least. First, there is a large entertainment deck with comfortable chairs and sofas. I like to think of it as a living room under the stars. The trellised patio is a peaceful place to relax and enjoy the scenery. Probably the highlight of the outdoor amenities, however, is the swimming pool. Southern California is known for its exceptionally hot summers, and this aquatic escape offers the ideal place to cool off and has likely been the focal point of many a gathering of the rich and famous.
Back inside, there’s a step-down dining room. The eat-in kitchen has been recently updated. Large picture windows fill the front of the house with light, creating a relaxing atmosphere. As if all that living space isn’t enough, there is a family room too. You could use it as a bonus room and turn it into an at-home theater, game room, man cave, or just about any other kind of living space. Another plus about this house is that it has so much room to entertain, both indoors and out.
The bedrooms and baths are as spacious and posh as the rest of the house. This home is luxurious enough as a vacation spot; living here would be a year-round paradise.
Lucille Ball started out as a singer and model before “I Love Lucy” put her in the national spotlight. She was born in Jamestown, NY, in 1911. While she achieved considerable prestige throughout her career, her childhood was marked by poverty and tragedy. And as for the house…she and Arnaz had bought property on the same street and had a home built on it. While they were waiting for the construction to be completed, they rented the Spanish-style dwelling that’s now for sale.