Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hot Property: Home once owned by Judy Garland and Sammy Davis Jr. is listed at $4,995,000

Hot Property
By Ann BrenoffJuly 21, 2008
The allure of living where a long-dead celebrity once lived largely escapes me. Nevertheless, it is clearly tremendous in Los Angeles. To that end, we bring you the house where both Judy Garland and Sammy Davis Jr. once hung their dancing shoes – not at the same time, of course.
The property, set high in the hills above Sunset Strip and listed at $4,995,000, has a 5,000-square-foot main house plus a guesthouse. There are five bedrooms and 7 1/2 bathrooms in total, plus views galore. The 1940s Hollywood glamour-traditional-style home has a pool, a state-of-the-art kitchen and a home theater. The dining room seats 12 to 14. There are maple floors, myriad French doors leading to terraces and many period details. A large bedroom area opens to a two-story great room.
Too bad there are no talking walls, because the scenes they’ve witnessed would surely be worth hearing about.
Garland, who died in 1969 at age 47 of an accidental drug overdose, bought the house, and possibly the lots on both sides of it, in 1945 with then-husband Vincente Minnelli. Daughter Liza was born the following year. The couple hired architect John Woolf to design an addition, which included a baby’s nursery. Garland and Minnelli separated in December 1950.
According to one account, when Sammy Davis wanted to buy this house in the 1950s, it was necessary for his manager to secure the purchase for the singer because the owner would not sell to African Americans. Davis married singer Loray White in a ceremony at the home in 1958. The couple were divorced in 1959. Davis died of throat cancer in 1990 at age 64.
Gillian Caine of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills, is the listing agent.

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