Born Norma Jeane in 1926, the famously beautiful Marylin Monroe was known for rubbing shoulders with the likes of President John F. Kennedy. She was the top-billed actress of the 1950s and 1960s and her films took in over $200 million all told.
Over time, she has become more well known for her quality of being a lost soul, caught up in political and Hollywood machinery that regarded her as more of a commodity than a human being. Years later, her story would be commemorated in the lyrics of the Elton John song, Candle in the Wind.
Monroe, perhaps ironically, married the novelist Arthur Miller and the two of them made a New York home their own, a home that is now listed for sale at $1.675 million. The French country home was built on the shore of Lake Waccabuc in 1948 and covers 4,291 square feet. It contains four bedrooms, six bathrooms, a guest room with a private entrance and a living room with one wall made entirely of glass.
We thought it would be interesting to see if the glass is the original installation, in which case, it may have begun to show signs of running, as aged glass will tend to do since it is actually a liquid.
The house itself is large but has a rather unassuming presence from the exterior with unchallenging architecture, and a homey brick chimney. The steps to the back patio and the pool in the backyard are pretty outstanding however in both size and style.
Along the front step, we find well proportioned and stylish gate and walkway leading up to a front door over which a Juliet balcony hangs- ever so appropriate for this lady of the house. Off to the right, as we approach the front door, we find a wide-open yard that would be an ideal place for small children to play in safety- showing that this is indeed a wedding house.
Inside we find truly beautiful surroundings in a welcoming and clearly family-oriented environment. The front room features the glass wall we mentioned. It is massive, but not overwhelming- and from the look of the glass, it is not the original pane.
But the room itself contains humble, flower-print couches and a small table over a hard tile. The room is arranged into two areas, one facing the great, beautiful window wall, and another facing a small, charming fireplace.
The family lounge is a playful and charming area with red painted walls and something for everyone. The dining room is as humble and wholesome as the front room with a small dining table that seats six, made in a classic French style with delicate construction. The children’s bedroom is strikingly innocent with shocks of sterling aqua-blue color and charming unstained wood furnishings.
The primary bedroom is well suited to the legend of Monroe with two beds, unassuming hardwood floors, and simple furnishings. It possesses a decency of character which speaks volumes of this starlet’s hidden dignity.
Jon Dykstra owns an interior design company in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He's fascinated by architecture and interiors. He also enjoys gardening at his "house in the burbs" and "homesteading" at his off-the-grid boat-access cabin.
Combine all that with a love of writing and Homestratsophere.com was born. He balances his working time between running his interior design company, working on his off-the-grid cabin and publishing homestratosphere.com.