Audrey Hepburn was Hollywood royalty, a real-life baroness who graced the silver screen in iconic films such as Roman Holiday, Breakfast At Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady. It stands to reason, then, that her home would be grand and elegant — a residence fit for…yes… royalty. Recently listed by celebrity agent Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Beverly Hills for $13,995,000 and marketed through the new Coldwell Banker Global Luxury℠ program, the 1.1-acre landmark is known as the “Eva Gabor Estate,” so christened after its former actress-owner — although other famous names have been associated with its provenance, including Frank Sinatra, Mia Farrow, David Niven and Ms. Hepburn herself, according to various media reports.
Originally built in 1938 by celebrity architect Paul Williams, the gated and private Traditional rests on Delfern — “one of the most desirable streets in prime Holmby Hills and represents a legendary chapter in Hollywood history,” notes Mills. Williams was one of the most in-demand Hollywood architects of his time, known for attracting the attention of everyone from Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz to Frank Sinatra. During a half-century in practice, the architect left a legacy of close to 3,000 residential and commercial projects worldwide, including this very Holmby Hills estate we are about to tour.
Upon entering the double iron gates, we are greeted by the stately two-story residence, fronted by a large brick motor court. The elegant facade bears the hallmarks of Williams’ interpretation of the traditional vernacular: four columns, a two-story portico, an ornate frontispiece above the front door as well as shutters and flower boxes.
Inside, a grand entrance hall — touched by a dazzling chandelier and curving staircase — welcomes you into the home with Williams’ signature design elements.
The balance between formality and intimacy has been achieved in many of the public spaces. The finishes and detailing in the living room, family room and formal dining room feel orderly and cohesive, while giving you the feeling of being comforted.
Large picture windows let in light and create a visual connection to the lush landscaping surrounding the estate.
A breakfast room, off the kitchen, is embraced by light-filled windows and french doors opening to the terrace. Four bedrooms upstairs, including the private master suite, as well as two bedrooms downstairs offer convenience, comfort and an increased sense of privacy for the entire household.
Moving outside, we find the grounds equally comforting with rose gardens, fountains, mature trees, lawns and paved terraces for hosting events. There’s a private tennis court and large pool too. What fabulous Hollywood parties were had here… and what parties could be had…
A private guest house, spanning approximately 700 square feet, offers the chance to host out-of-town guests comfortably. There’s also an approximately 1,000 square-foot staff apartment or detached office. Between the guest house, staff quarters and main residence, there is a total of approximately 7,000 square feet of living space.
“This is an exceptional property that offers incredible potential in one of L.A.’s most prestigious locations,” concludes Mills.