When Ernest Borgnine picked up this country-style home, he was starring as Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale in the TV series “McHale’s Navy” and had just picked up an Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1955 film “Marty.” He owned the estate right up until his death, and also continued working in Hollywood until he passed away in 2012, most recently lending his voice to a character on the cartoon “SpongeBob Squarepants.”
After 60 years with one owner, Borgnine’s estate has hit the market for $3.395 million. The home is a private and gated compound in a prime Beverly Hills post office area.
“It’s on its own knoll above Mulholland Drive. It’s private and gated with a large motor court,” said real estate agent Paul Lester of The Agency, who shares the listing with Billy Rose and Aileen Comora.
“Ernest brought his family up here and lived here over 60 years,” Lester continued. “Lots of Hollywood history has passed thru the doors of this house.”
The estate was built in 1938 and was designed by architect L.G. Scherer, contemporary of well-known Los Angeles architect Paul Williams. The 6,148-square-foot home sits on a half-acre lot with an additional 1-bedroom guest house with a full living room and kitchen.
The interior of the 6-bed house remains unchanged from Borgnine’s near lifetime in the home. Details include a formal entry hall with grand staircase, large master suite with his and her baths and dressing rooms, a study, paneled library, office, den and formal dining room.
The home is currently available as a pocket listing solely on The Agency’s website.