It was the launchpad, if you will, for venerated actress Katharine Hepburn, who chose the Coldwater Canyon-adjacent abode as her rental home when she first arrived in Hollywood in 1932 from Broadway, and now it’s for sale.
Hepburn wasn’t the only celebrity to live in the home, however. In fact, after she moved out five years later, horror movie star Boris Karloff bought the home, selling it around 1945, according to Town & Country magazine.
Reportedly, Karloff was quite the gardener, and the current and future owners can thank his prowess for the lush gardens that still exist today at the Hacienda-style home.
But it was Hepburn who likely gave the home its more lasting notoriety. When it was listed in 2015, Page Six said it was rumored to be the place became involved with her agent.
“The ‘Philadelphia Story’lead was married, but it was during that time that she allegedly started seeing her agent, Leland Hayward — and this manse is the reported site of the affair,” Page Six reported. “Later, when they were both divorced, Hepburn ultimately declined Hayward’s marriage proposal.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, the home eventually fell into the hands of Scott Silveri and his wife, Shana Goldberg-Meehan, who created the TV show “Joey,” and were writers on “Friends.”
Sometime in between the Silveri and Karloff eras, Eric Burdon of the rock group The Animals also lived in the home.
But you hardly need the celebrity pedigree to appreciate the home. The 1927 home boasts five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and plenty of Old World charm, complete with a traditional terracotta roof, flower-covered terraces, and a swimming pool.
Inside, the home feels expansive and cozy at the same time, thanks to white-washed brick walls, exposed beams punctuated by antique chandeliers, mosaic-tiled staircases, and the six wood-burning stoves.
A large kitchen and living room provide plenty of entertaining space, but you can still find nooks for quiet contemplation or private conversations, too.
Hepburn’s former home is priced at $8,995,000, and is listed by Brendan Fitzpatrick with Douglas Elliman.
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