The Estate of Cecil B. DeMille

History about the golden age of Hollywood is fascinating to me. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I was born and raised in sunny Southern California. But I become particularly interested in the topic when it comes to learning about the historic homes of Hollywood’s legendary directors, actors, and actresses. Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959) is credited as being one of the founding father’s of Hollywood’s motion picture industry. He is the winner of numerous awards and honors, including two Academy Awards and the namesake Cecil B. DeMille Award given out at the Golden Globes bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign press for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment”.

Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.  –Cecil B. DeMille

 

The current owners of the Cecil B. DeMille estate embarked on a six-year renovation of the property paying close attention to the original architectural details. The pool with its arched fountains is a new addition although it looks like its always been there. The 2.1-acre estate in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles is for sale so if you like what you see you can make it yours for just under $30 million. No biggie, right??!!! cecil b demille homececil b demille home los angeles landscapececil b demille home los angeles 1cecil b demille home los angeles interiorcecil b demille home los angeles interior 1cecil b demille home los angeles interior 2cecil b demille home los angeles interior 4cecil b demille home los angeles interior 5cecil b demille home los angeles interior 6cecil b demille home los angeles interior 7cecil b demille home los angeles interior 8cecil b demille home los angeles interior 9cecil b demille home los angeles interior 10cecil b demille home los angeles interior 11cecil b demille home los angeles 2cecil b demille home 2

Be sure to check out the video to get your own personal tour of this stunning estate.

Photos and video via listing agent Hilton & Hyland. 

THE FATHER OF THE BRIDE HOUSE

The 1991 movie “Father of the Bride” still remains to be one of America’s most beloved movies. And the movie made a particular southern California colonial home famous by painting it as the picture perfect family abode located on Maple Drive in the affluent community of San Marino, California. Wouldn’t you agree? But did you know that the movie didn’t take place in San Marino at all? It was actually shot using a home in nearby Pasadena and the backyard exterior shots of another home in nearby Alhambra, where the basketball and wedding scenes took place. I happened to drive by the Alhambra home yesterday (it’s a shortcut from North to South) and realized that the home is currently up for sale. I couldn’t help but stop the car and take a few pictures of the house with my iPhone. Isn’t it pretty?

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For a cool $2 million, the home will become someone’s dream along with the Hollywood cache associated with it. But if you are interested, you will have to submit a backup offer. After a week on the market it is already in escrow. I wanted to check out the real estate listing because more than anything, I was curious about the current shape of the inside of the house. The outside of the home has been lovingly maintained and I was hoping that the interiors would match. You can check out the listing and see for yourself HERE. Let me know what you think.

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If you look closely you can see the basketball backboard peeking out over the hedges.

Interestingly enough, after 25 years since the movie’s making, the basketball hoop, where some of the most poignant scenes of the movie were filmed, is still in place. Let’s hope the new owners don’t remove it.