Listing of the Week: Judy Garland's old house
Los Angeles philanthropist who bought the home last year for $5.2 million and made some updates is asking $7.1 million. Garland and her family had the house built when she was 16.
A piece of Hollywood history hit the market this week: the house Judy Garland commissioned in 1938, the year the 16-year-old actress was cast as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz."
The home, designed by architect Wallace Neff, is being sold by philanthropist Stephanie Booth Murray, who bought it last year. Murray paid $5.2 million and is asking $7.1 million. According to the listing, she updated the home's systems and redid the landscaping.
The 5,513-square-foot home is on 2.5 acres in the hills of the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. It has five bedrooms and five baths, plus two half baths, as well as a pool and a "writers' cabin."
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"This home's flowing floor plan and gracious rooms, perfect for entertaining, have hosted some of the most prominent figures in Hollywood," according to the listing.
Garland moved into the house with her mother, sister and grandmother, and the actress lived in the home until about 1944, though she moved out from 1941-43 during her brief marriage to David Rose.
You can see a postcard featuring Garland and the home at the Judy Garland Database, which also has photos and addresses for all the homes Garland lived in during her life.
It's not known how long the family owned the home, but Garland's mother died in 1953. The listing says the home was owned by the same family for 35 years.
Garland wasn't the only celebrity to live in the Stone Canyon Drive home. According to the listing, record producer Quincy Jones, singer Marvin Gaye and business executive Jerry Magnin also lived there.
The seller is the great-great-granddaughter of the founder of Times Mirror Co., which used to own The Los Angeles Times. She bought the house to live in while her home was remodeled. You can see photos from last year's listing at Curbed. The house sold the first week it was listed last time.
"It surprised me last time -- how much that [history] meant to people who were looking at the house," listing agent Hugh Evans, who also was the listing agent for the previous sale, told The Hollywood Reporter. "Everybody likes a house with some sort of pedigree."
I loved Judy Garland,and I'm sure it's a beautiful home.
Sad of how so many are trying to make money off of the dead.
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.