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A circa-1930s townhouse in which the Warner Bros. studio housed its actresses, including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Marilyn Monroe, has listed for $899,000. Courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. Photo credit Neue Focus

Warner Bros townhome that once housed Marilyn Monroe lists for $899K

A circa-1930s townhouse in which the Warner Bros. studio housed its actresses, including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Marilyn Monroe, has listed for $899,000. Courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. Photo credit Neue Focus
A circa-1930s townhouse in which the Warner Bros. studio housed actresses Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe has listed for $899,000. Courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. Photo credit Neue Focus

LOS ANGELES – A 1930s Los Angeles townhome built for the Warner Bros. movie studio to house its young starlets, including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe, is for sale at $899,000.

In Old Hollywood, the movie studios kept a close eye on their talent and often put them up in homes and apartments that the studios owned and supervised. Under the prevailing arrangement known as the star system, the studios controlled much of their actors’ lives, even where they could live. In one of the most famous cases, Joe Schenck, the late chairman of 20th Century Fox, moved Marilyn Monroe into his Owlwood Mansion guest house, a home that was later owned by Tony Curtis and then by Cher.

Oversize casement windows drench seemingly every room of the Los Angeles townhouse with light. Courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. Photo credit Neue Focus
Oversize casement windows drench seemingly every room of the Los Angeles townhouse with light. Courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. Photo credit Neue Focus

Located in one of LA’s older areas, the neighborhood homes retain much of the atmosphere of the glamorous mid-century Hollywood era by featuring well-manicured lawns, huge willow trees and colorful gardens. Monroe’s townhome has been updated but still retains many details that today’s buyers would love, such as the beautiful green magnesite stairs and the original Art Deco balustrade. Both bedrooms feature wedding cake-relief plasterwork, and the colorful bathroom has a walk-in shower and original yellow and purple tilework with a matching green bathtub, toilet and sink. The entire home is drenched in light delivered by oversize casement windows.

While it has been updated, the home retains distinctive features that Marilyn Monroe might have recognized, such as the green magnesite stairs. Courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. Photo credit Neue Focus

While it has been updated, the home retains distinctive features such as the green magnesite stairs. Courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. Photo credit Neue Focus

Known as Chateau Beachwood, the property is a 10-unit French Normandy-style complex located near the Two Stone Gates entrance to Beachwood Canyon, and sits a few blocks away from the Monastery of the Angels, Franklin Village and the Hollywood Sculpture Gardens. With its convenience to the movie and television studios, Beachwood Canyon has been the current or former neighborhood for many celebrities, including Humphrey Bogart, Kevin Bacon and Anna Kendrick. According to the listing agent, the two-bedroom unit with 1,199 square feet is the exact residence where Marilyn Monroe once lived.

The listing agent claims that Marilyn Monroe lived here at some point while she was under contract with Warner Bros. Courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. Photo credit Neue Focus
The listing agent claims that Marilyn Monroe lived here at some point while she was under contract with Warner Bros. Courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. Photo credit Neue Focus

A native of Los Angeles, Monroe had a difficult childhood spent bouncing between orphanages and foster care. She lived in a number of homes and apartments during her 36-year lifetime but purchased only one house in her own name, when she bought a residence in LA’s Brentwood neighborhood in early 1962, just a few months before her overdose death from sleeping pills.

The listing agent is Marlena Maidhof at ACME Real Estate. Photos by Neue Focus.

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