1712 North Crescent Heights is more than an address of a house; it’s also the title of a photography book that showcases Dennis Hopper’s photography during the early 1960s.

Home to Dennis Hopper and his first wife Brooke Hayward, 1712 North Crescent was a gathering place for many of the stars of the 1960s — the “second generation of Hollywood” — and also the starting point for Hopper’s photography.

Hopper and his first wife Brooke Hayward moved into the 1920s Hollywood Hills home while Hopper was filming “Easy Rider.” After the birth of their first daughter, Hayward gave Hopper a camera. The star soon took up photography, featuring his friends and fellow stars.

Not only was the house home to Hayward and Hopper, but reportedly the property was previously owned by Hayward’s mother, silver screen actress Margaret Sullavan.

“The home has a history of celebrities,” said listing agent Aileen Comora. “Ike and Tina Turner visited Dennis there and Jimmy Stewart was a frequent visitor of Margaret’s. Merv Griffin played the piano in the living room and George Segal remembers the home very well.”

Hopper and Hayward sold the property to a couple of real estate agents, who completely redid the home. Several years later, the home caught the eye of another celebrity.

“I represented Craig Kilborn when he purchased the home in 2001,” said Comora. “Craig spent about three to five years looking for the perfect home and he found it in this.”

Kilborn lived in the home over 10 years before deciding to sell.

“About three to four months ago, he [Kilborn] decided to travel and decided it was time to move on from the house,” Comora said. “So we did put it on the market and pretty much one of the first people who saw it bought it.”

The Spanish-inspired home exudes its old Hollywood history with terraced gardens, a beautiful pool and a backyard so private that someone who wants to could “walk around naked” said Comora.

The 3-bedroom, 3-bath home opens up with a turret foyer opening to the living room and dining room, that also extends to the second floor and contains a sitting room attached to the master bedroom.

Listed for $3 million, the home is closing at the end of the month.


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Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

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