The House That Hollywood Built: California’s Number 1 Celebrity Home

Back in the flirty fifties and swinging sixties, there was one home that caught the eyes of Hollywood celebrities above all others.

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Byrdview, considered California’s number 1 celebrity home, has found its way on to the market, and it is sure to be in no way shy of buyers. Even with its hefty price tag of $12.5 million.

Previously home to Frank Sinatra for a decade, with Marilyn Monroe rumoured to use its guest cottage for her affair with John F. Kennedy, there is a wealth of celeb infused history ingrained within the house.

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Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli renewed their vows at Byrdview while an array of other Hollywood names have been known to explore the house and its grounds.

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Standing as the backdrop for various films, television shows and music videos, such as Swordfish, Transformers and Dream Girls, the house might be one you recognise.

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After enjoying 64 years of its very own celebrity status, it will be interesting to see who now takes this property in their stride. Located across 4.3 acres in the Chatsworth neighbourhood, sitting on a hilltop with 360 degree views across Los Angeles, mountains and a surrounding 3,000 acres of nature preservation, the house emits absolute unparalleled beauty.

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Hidden from view of the road, the new buyer can experience the 6,661 sq ft, four bedroom, six bath structure. 60% of its walls stand as 16 ft tall glass, which allows natural light to flood more or less every space, and allows the outstanding view to be enjoyed at all times of the day, with endless entertainment opportunities built within.

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Byrdview was created by futuristic architect William Pereira in 1949, after Dora Hutchinson, heir to the Chase Manhattan Bank fortune, commissioned him to design the home of her dreams.

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Pereira was not only one of the finest and most prolific architects of his time, he was a film set designer, producer and director across the 1940s. His work was so impressive he won an Oscar for special effects photography in 1942, for Reap the Wild Wind.

Packing nothing less than a lasting punch, his show stopping design has stood the test of time and fame. Frank Sinatra was given Byrdview when Hutchinson decided to return to her home land of New York, and the new owner is thought to keep the soiree holding reputation of the house, very much alive.

Fancy a piece of Hollywood legend, Byrdview is on the market priced at $12.5 million.


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Leah is a former student of film, media and culture studies and English literature at the University of Huddersfield. When not in uni or writing for magazines she is pulling pints in the local pub, drinking an excessive amount of tea or reading up on the latest philosophical theories.

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