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Happy birthday, Mr. Rich Marilyn Monroe Fan Boy. If you missed out on the 1954 chest x-ray or the pink Gentlemen Prefer Blondes dress, or if you bought both and want to go for the whole set, here is Norma Jean's Brentwood house, where she died in 1962.
The 1929 house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a pool, a citrus grove, a children's play house, and "Thick walls, traditional casement windows, polished concrete and terra cotta tile floors, original wood beamed ceilings and period hardware & tiles..."
It also comes with its own set of very devoted fans--an undated fan site says, "Be aware that the current owners of the house do NOT appreciate Marilyn fans disturbing their privacy. There is a high wall, and they have a tarp covering the gate so that you can't usually see much from the street except for the roof and some trees. On my trip to LA for Marilyn's 75th birthday, we rented a helicopter and flew over the house to take pictures!" The x-ray was expected to go for $800-$1,200, but ended up selling for $45,000, and the dress went for about $64,000 above expected price, so we're declaring the lack of a Marilyn mention in the house listing officially controversial.
Meanwhile, Monroe purchased the house only months before she died in it, according to the book, "Hollywood: The Movie Lover's Guide: The Ultimate Insider Tour to Movie L.A."
Excerpt: “Urged by her psychiatrist to “put down roots,” she had found the house and bought it—all by herself. She had liked the house and took a trip to Mexico to look for furnishings and fabrics. She especially liked the garden, where she often played with her poodle, Maf.”
According to the Marilyn Monroe Memories web site, Monroe bought the home for $90,000. "This was the first property that Marilyn Monroe ever owned. She took out a mortgage which started on 1st March 1962, was for 15 years, and Marilyn made monthly payments of $320. The house was situated at the end of a small cul-de-sac, and was very private, away from the busy roads."
The house last sold in 1994 for $995,000. Asking price now is $3.595 million.
· 12305 5Th Helena Drive [David Offer Fine Homes]