Rock and roll lover Patty Duke owned this house on Summitridge Drive from 1966 to 1970, according to Paradise Leased--from the end of the Patty Duke Show era, through the classically awful Valley of the Dolls, and up to about the time of her divorce from Harry Falk. She wrote in her autobiography Call Me Anna: "It was a colonial mansion off Benedict Canyon in Beverly Hills, jutting out on its own precipice at the top of the mountain with a twelve-car parking lot, a four car garage and a 360-degree view of Los Angeles. Its nine rooms were big, bright and airy, with bay windows and fireplaces everywhere. Everyone who sees this house loves it; Sharon Tate later rented it for a while when she first got pregnant, and she and Roman Polanski wanted to buy it." According to the website Cielo Drive (which also has an old photo), Tate and Polanski settled instead for their infamous house on Cielo, where Tate was murdered in 1969.
The Summitridge house was built in 1942 and has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a pool, and terraces. It first came up for sale last year asking $6.5 million. After a couple months off the market, it's back at $5.395 million and is also up for rent at $30,000 a month.
· 1600 SUMMITRIDGE Dr [Redfin]
· Hilltop of the Dolls – The Patty Duke/Sharon Tate Residence [Paradise Leased]