A grand Georgian Revival manor that hosted the most star-studded parties in Golden Age Hollywood has been listed at $37,000,000 by Aaron Kirman of John Aaroe Group. Invisible from the street and impeccably private, the residence commands the best location on one of the best streets in Holmby Hills. Its sweeping, mature grounds have been compared to a marriage of Huntington Gardens and Central Park. Some trees are older than the home itself; examples include Arizona cypress, bottle, Brazilian pepper, Brisbane box, Canary Island and dwarf Mugu pine, evergreen pear, marina strawberry, pink snowball, and weeping Cedar of Lebanon. The lavish mansion with eight bedrooms and nine full baths was designed in 1938 by English architect Gordon B. Kaufmann, whose works include Greystone Mansion, the Los Angeles Times building, Santa Anita Park and the Hollywood Palladium. The interior was later redone by celebrity interior designer Billy Haines. Highlights include an enormous living room, a breakfast room with view across the grounds to the pool and pool house and an incomparable American Art Deco den. The property includes three full guest houses, two swimming pools, a tennis court hidden from the house, a bridle trail and a funicular. Beginning in 1947, the residence was the longtime home of prominent film producer William Goetz and his wife, Edith Mayer (Edie) Goetz, daughter of mogul Louis B. Mayer. The home was the center of Hollywood social life at the height of the studio era, when invitations to the couple’s glittering dinner parties were the most sought-after in the film industry. Amid the Goetz’s spectacular collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, guests were shown pre-release films in one of history’s first great private screening rooms. "The highest accolade for someone coming into this town was to be invited to the Goetzes,” remembered Oscar-winning director Billy Wilder. “They had the best food, the best people and the best things on the walls." The year the couple acquired the estate, New York Social Diary reported the guest list for their party to celebrate Mr. Goetz's acquisition of Universal Studios included Lana Turner, Joan Crawford, Douglas Fairbanks, William Powell, Merle Oberon, Dick Powell and June Allyson, Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Deborah Kerr, Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli, Henry Fonda, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, David Niven, Danny Kaye, Irving Berlin, Sam Goldwyn “and Johnny Green, who sat and played for hours while Judy Garland sang to the guests.” The home was also famous as the site to which Elizabeth Taylor fled after her first breakup with Richard Burton — and where the couple soon reconciled.
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Holmby Hills is a neighbourhood in Los Angeles that makes the golden triangle with the neighbourhoods of Bel Air and Beverly Hills. These exclusive neighbourhoods are considered the most expensive in Los Angeles.
The development of this neighborhood is due to the ambition of a millionaire of the time, Arthut Letts, who wanted to make it a privileged and unique quarter.
Today, a large number of properties have been built and most of them guarantee magnificent panoramic views of the Los Angeles basin.
Many celebrities have made their residences, including the big names in the film industry and television.
Pacific Union International was born in California in 1975 - a single office in San Francisco founded by two entrepreneurs. Forty years later, we’re the number one independent real estate firm in California, with over $14 billion in sales last year.
Defined by teamwork, trust and innovation, backed by innovative tools and vast connections, our skilled real estate professionals know how to interpret the market’s evolving landscape to your advantage.
In January, 2018, three powerhouse Los Angeles brokerages, John Aaroe Group, Partners Trust and Gibson International, joined under the Pacific Union International banner to become the leading independent firm in the market with $7 billion in annual sales, 20 offices and 900 closely connected real estate professionals in the San Gabriel Valley, Northeast Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Westside.