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Owlwood Mansion: Home To Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis & Cher

Historic and celebrity-magnet Owlwood mansion, the crown jewel of L.A.’s Holmby Hills, has sold for $88 million and is featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

On the market since 2017, priced at $180 million then reduced to $115 million, the historic celebrity-magnet Owlwood mansion, the crown jewel of L.A.’s Holmby Hills, has sold for $88 million.

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Completed in 1936, few Los Angeles mansions have its stature, rolling grounds or have been the center of so much gossip. The classic Tuscan-styled mansion was built in 1935 by Robert D. Farquhar for Florence and Charles Quinn. Florence was divorced from Arthur Letts who, in 1925, was the original owner and developer of the 3,296 acres of land on which Holmby Hills is located. The home on four acres was the largest and most luxurious house at the time measuring 12,000 square feet and a cost of $150,000. Farquhar also designed Beverly Hills High School and Festival Hall for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.

After the Quinns, the home next passed into the hands of 20th Century Fox co-founder Joseph Schenck. Described as a 70-year-old, cigar-chomping type in the book Unreal Estate by Michael Gross, Marilyn Monroe was said to spend much time there and at only 21, it was fairly common knowledge that although Schenck was still married to his first wife, had an affair with him and ended up living in the guest house.

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By the time actor, Tony Curtis was near the end of his career, he bought the home from Schenck.  Cher fell in love with the house when attending a party that Tony Curtis threw at the home and soon she and her first husband, Sonny Bono, purchased the home from Curtis. Gossip began when Cher wanted to leave Sonny but CBS threatened to cancel their TV show, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour if one of them moved out. So they decided to inhabit separate wings. Later on, they sold the estate to playboy Ghazi Aita of Monaco.

It was during Aita’s tenure when the gossip soared. He ran a harem of starlets to such an extreme that all of Hollywood enjoyed it as cocktail chatter. He became fodder for Heidi Fleiss’s black book. Aita sold it to Ameriquest-founder Roland Arnall who added six more acres bringing the estate to 10 acres and named it Owlwood due to the number of owls on the property. It was put on the market only a few months later in 2017.

Taking its place among the world’s outstanding classic residences, the old-world craftsmanship, oak paneling, carved moldings, impressive grand foyer, spacious rooms, and park-like grounds for strolling are universally appealing. The main residence includes stately public rooms, multiple fireplaces and chandeliers, nine bedrooms, and ten baths. Grounds contain two guardhouses, a pool, pool house, fountains, fruit trees, and restored formal gardens.

Historic and storied, Owlwood mansion has sold for $88 million. The listing agents were Sally Forester Jones, Tyrone McKillen and Tomer Fridman of Compass, Beverly Hills, and Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.