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These are the words of Hollywood screen legend, Kathryn Grayson, describing the legendary La Mesa Drive estate that she called home for sixty-five years. Built by Sir Alexander Kemp in 1926, the English Tudor home is situated on a rare large double lot with 7 bedrooms, 4 baths and breathtaking views of the Riviera Country Club.
Old World craftsmanship inhabits every inch of this wonderful Santa Monica home including English Oak paneling, rounded archways, high-pitched beams and hand crafted leaded windows.
The dramatic living room, with its grand scale and volume, was made for entertaining. Upon entering the space you are visited by the history of a bygone era. On any given evening the soaring cathedral ceilings provided the perfect backdrop for Ms. Grayson to share a duet with Mario Lanza, while Cole Porter or Sammy Cohn accompanied them on the Knabe grand piano. Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and a who?s who of Hollywood royalty have relaxed in front of the fireplace while enjoying the views through floor to ceiling stained glass windows. And of course, no Kathryn Grayson affair was complete, without the hostess gracing her guests with a Puccini opera from the minstrels? gallery above.
The generously sized dining room sits behind a double door entry, offers views of the golf course and whispers of long ago dinner parties, each with a guest list that would rival any Hollywood premiere. The oak paneled library is complete with fireplace, built-ins and secret hideaways and closets. The rest of the downstairs public area is rounded out by the eat-in kitchen, breakfast room, walk-in butler?s pantry, telephone booth and powder room.
At the top of the grand staircase are the living quarters including the master bedroom with attached dressing room, master bath, walk in cedar closet and exquisite country club views. On several occasions, Ms. Grayson would awake to find Howard Hughes asleep in one of the guest bedrooms. The reclusive billionaire was not shy about climbing over the main fence and letting himself in to the estate in the middle of the night.
The private grounds are populated with plum, avocado and four different varieties of orange trees. The scent of camellias can be enjoyed across the rolling green lawn, whether relaxing at the statue garden or resting beneath the shade of the oversized Morton Bay fig tree. Co-Listed with Jeffrey Hyland, Hilton & Hyland 310-278-3311. Visit www.premierlaproperties.com.
- Lot: 0.76 acres
- Single Family
- Built in 1926
- Views: 48,615 all time views
- Cooling: Other
- Heating: Other
- Last sold: Oct 2010 for $7,700,077
- Cable Ready
- Fenced Yard
- Flooring: Hardwood, Tile, Other
- Gated Entry
- Parking: Carport, Garage - Attached, 12 spaces
- RV Parking
- Sprinkler System
- Vaulted Ceiling
- View: Mountain
- Garbage disposal
- Range / Oven
- Trash compactor
- Family room
- Roof type: Other
- Room count: 19
- Stories: 2
- Structure type: Other
- Unit count: 1
- Floor size: 11,000 sqft
- Last remodel year: 1936
- Laundry: In Unit
- Lot depth: 162
- Lot width: 208
- Parcel #: 4407018001
- Unit floor #: 0
- Zillow Home ID: 20538805
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Homes like this sold for $6.8-24.5M.
Market guideZillow predicts 90402 home values will rise 2.6% next year, compared to a 7.2% rise for Santa Monica as a whole. Among 90402 homes, this home is valued 372.1% more than the midpoint (median) home, and is valued 14.2% more per square foot.
Foreclosures will be a factor impacting home values in the next several years. In 90402, the number of foreclosures waiting to be sold is 97.7% lower than in Santa Monica, and 99% lower than the national average. This lower local number could help 90402 home values rise more quickly than other regions in Santa Monica.
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|1923 La Mesa Dr Santa Monica, CA||$6.97M||6||5||5,162|
|2021 La Mesa Dr Santa Monica, CA||$12.6M||7||10||12,218|
|2004 La Mesa Dr Santa Monica, CA||$4.73M||4||3||4,017|
|1936 La Mesa Dr Santa Monica, CA||$5.69M||4||4||4,276|
|2029 La Mesa Dr Santa Monica, CA||$12M||5||8||11,197|
|2012 La Mesa Dr Santa Monica, CA||$5.73M||6||6||4,116|
|1926 La Mesa Dr Santa Monica, CA||$5.1M||5||4||4,205|
|1911 La Mesa Dr Santa Monica, CA||$6.95M||4||6||5,153|
|2024 La Mesa Dr Santa Monica, CA||$8.68M||6||8||6,911|
|2101 La Mesa Dr Santa Monica, CA||$4.12M||3||3||3,332|
|1920 La Mesa Dr Santa Monica, CA||$3.33M||3||3||2,381|
|1901 La Mesa Dr Santa Monica, CA||$10.3M||7||7||6,638|
|2034 La Mesa Dr Santa Monica, CA||$5.39M||4||4||4,802|
|2113 La Mesa Dr Santa Monica, CA||$6.62M||4||6||5,892|
|1920 San Vicente Blvd Santa Monica, CA||$1.71M||3||3.5||2,094|
|203 20th St Santa Monica, CA||$4.08M||5||3||3,446|
|1837 La Mesa Dr Santa Monica, CA||$15.8M||7||10||14,236|
|2108 La Mesa Dr Santa Monica, CA||$5.91M||6||6||5,009|
|205 19th St Santa Monica, CA||$4.74M||4||5.5||3,962|
|212 20th St Santa Monica, CA||$4.23M||5||5||4,000|
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