Old Hollywood homes for sale are shining a much-welcomed light on vintage real estate, which is seeing a massive resurgence on the current market. And no matter their style, those who consider themselves arbiters of style tend to have an affinity—or at least an appreciation—for anything vintage. Whether it’s a colorful skirt from Gianni Versace’s first collection or a 1980 Eero Saarinen Tulip armchair, there’s something enticing about pieces that have survived both the era of mass production and the evolution of trends. However, when people consider the realm of vintage, real estate rarely comes to mind, but homes erected more than a quarter of a century ago are just as—if not more—alluring than a piece of clothing or furniture. What’s more, vintage homes whose former residents were members of Hollywood’s elite carry a certain charisma that new-builds don’t.
Luckily for anyone with a soft spot for glamour, the Golden State is rife with Old Hollywood homes for sale. It is about acquiring something special and rare. We are in a period right now during which people want to make a statement about who they are, and the lifestyle they want to live. Having a famous architect attached to a home—Paul Williams, John Woolf, Wallace Neff, James Dolena—adds another level of exclusivity because these estates are one-of-a-kind and simply cannot be duplicated today.”
With both canyon and ocean views, the seven-bedroom estate where composer Maurice Jarre lived for many years is back on the market for nearly $50 million. Built in 1930, the English-style manor boasts quite a few of its original architectural details, including the Georgian-inspired plaster fretwork ceiling and the antique limestone fireplace. Another fireplace, this one outfitted in dramatic marble, resides in the well-appointed library, which features soaring coffered ceilings with a hand-stenciled design, bleached pine paneling, and a series of custom bookcases.
Just outside the office, the magnificent grounds, designed by Christine London, take over. Set among the nearly three acres of expansive lawns—decorated with mature oaks and neatly organized perennial gardens—you can enjoy everything from a heated gazebo to elaborate fountains. Also on the grounds is a two-story guest house, a stone and glass conservatory, an azure swimming pool, and a tennis court complete with its own loggia, bar, and bath.
Price: $42.5 million
Beds/Baths: 7 bedrooms, 9 full baths, 2 half baths
Square footage: 16,439 square feet