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Marilyn Monroe’s Bus Stop Estate in Sun Valley, Idaho (Listed for $15.99 Million)

Aerial view of the estate showing the party barn and guesthouse surrounded by an artificial lake.

Hollywood icon and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe’s Idaho estate is up for sale for a cool $16 million. 

Monroe purchased the 12-acre lot in which the guest house was featured in the 1956’s romantic comedy-drama movie Bus Stop as an old general store and “Grace’s Diner.” 

The sprawling three-structure compound sits on an idyllic Idaho landscape with panoramic views of the majestic Bald, Smokey, and Boulder mountains. 

After filming River of No Return and Bus Stop in Idaho, Monroe was convinced to buy the estate as part of her love for the serene outdoors. 

She was looking for something more after years of playing the sexy blond stereotype.

She knew her famous hour-shaped figure guaranteed blockbusters like Gentlemen Prefers Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire but she was tired of being typecast as a ditzy blond.

Monroe moved away from such roles and sought films that would showcase her acting chops. She gained critical acclaim for her performance in Bus Stop

Director Joshua Logan initially decried her starring in his film as someone with no talent who can’t act but soon changed his tune, publicly testifying that she “is one of the great talents of all time,” according to Games Radar. 

Beautiful and tragic, Monroe is still idolized by millions of dedicated fans and is gaining new admirers to this very day.

Quick facts about the property: 

  • Located at 13439 State Hwy 75, Ketchum, ID 83340 in Blaine County.
  • 8 bedrooms / 10 baths
  • The primary residence has 6,125 sq. ft.;  the guest house is 2,000 sq. ft. and the barn at 3,000 sq. ft.
  • Unique features include an artificial swimming pond, a three-car heated garage, a terrace with a fire pit, an outdoor hot tub, and a lakeside fire pit.
  • According to Redfin, the listing was removed in March 2021 when it was listed for $8.9 mil. An evaluation of the property priced the estate at $15,995,000.

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The quiet is the appeal for residents in Ketchem, Idaho, with a population of 3,500. It is a secluded town in Sun Valley in Blaine County. 

At first glance, the estate has a rustic and yet contemporary look for its three separate living quarters. 

The primary residence’s interior is adorned with high ceilings, bringing in natural light to the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home. 

The open design of both the living room and dining area connects seamlessly and is equipped with high-end appliances. 

The home is complete with a spacious study and plenty of tall windows with views of the hills and mountains of Idaho. 

Large granite steps lead to the guest house and barn. 

The guesthouse has 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths with a full rustic-style kitchen complete with a cooktop island.  

Aptly named the “Party Barn,” it was made for large gatherings. The barn is also lavishly furnished with a living area with one bedroom and two baths, complete with a full kitchen, a terrace, a conservatory.

Photo Credit: Engel & Völkers Sun Valley