Whether you want a beachy retreat or a swank pad you can pick out in episodes of Mad Men, Frank Sinatra hung his hat in two homes that are on the market at the same time, for nearly identical price points.
Malibu Frank’s Way
If Malibu is your bag, the estate at 30966 Broad Beach Road was designed by architect Ted Grenzbach and Sinatra and his wife, Barbara in 1992, and is listed by Leonard Rabinowitz and Jack Friedkin of Hyland & Hyland for $12.9 million. Grenzbach also designed homes for Cher, Rupert Murdoch, and Barbra Streisand.
When the Sinatras lived there, a veritable who’s who of Rat Pack era celebrities visited, from Dick Martin, Jack Lemmon, Gregory Peck, and Dick Van Dyke, and more.
And it’s a beautiful home designed to showcase the ocean views, with an open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows. The 5,800 square foot house has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
“With ample space for entertaining, the elevator-equipped residence boasts a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen, endless dining and living spaces, a stunning indoor-outdoor bar, and patio overlooking a grassy lawn out to the ocean,” Rabinowitz and Friedkin said. “The interior courtyard features a delightful swimming pool.”
And the master suite puts other master suites to shame, with a lounge, fireplace, hair salon, and sauna.
Midcentury Modern Swinging Pad
But if you’re wanting a swinging pad from the Midcentury Modern era, you may want to scoot into the Chatsworth neighborhood of Los Angeles and check out 9361 Farralone Ave.
While Sinatra didn’t actually own this home located at that overlooks the Chatsworth Nature Preserve, he did lease the property for about 10 years. Designed by William Pereira in 1949, the home has all the expected features of a Midcentury Modern home, from 16-foot walls of glass, a wet bar ready to make Manhattans, an office, and more.
The home was owned by heiress Dora Hutchinson, the seven-bedroom, nine-bath home has 8,161 square feet of living space spread out among the main house, a guest house, and a cabana. And prior to leasing the home to Sinatra, Hutchinson regularly feted the likes of Lucille Ball and Ava Gardner, and even hosted Judy Garland’s wedding to Vicente Minnelli.
“The home, guest house and pool cabana have a total seven bedrooms, seven baths and two half-baths, with 360-degree panoramic views of the entire valley and mountain ranges, which are reached via a half-mile long private driveway,” said listing agents Craig Knizek and Barrie Livingstone of The Agency said.
While Sinatra leased the property, he was rumored to have subleased the guest house to Marilyn Monroe, who had her last — and very famous — photo shoot in the pool.
More recently, the current owners have made a bundle renting the property out for movie and TV locations, with episodes of “Mad Men” being filmed there, as well as scenes from the movie “Dreamgirls.”
The property is listed for $12.5 million.