According to the copy for this new listing in the Hollywood Dell, the eye-catching 1923 residence is "rumored to have been for built for Theda Bara and once home to Rudolph Valentino." While there's no reference to the Cahuenga Terrace property in the trusty Movieland Directory's entry on Bara, it does make an appearance in Valentino's entry, though the mention—"Valentino reportedly owned this 20-room mansion at one time, according to 1940s-era owners"—isn't especially convincing. Dubious Old Hollywood connections notwithstanding, it's still a pretty glamorous estate, albeit much too bleached out for our taste.
Sited on an 8,240-square-foot lot, it features four bedrooms, five baths, a formal dining room with coffered ceilings, a media room, an outdoor gym, hardwood and marble floors, a spiral staircase, French doors and windows, meticulously landscaped gardens, a dramatic rotunda, and saltwater swimming pool with fountains. Last sold in 2004 for $1.2 million, it's now for sale with an asking price of $3.38 million, or for lease with a monthly rent of $15,000.
· 6533 Cahuenga Terrace [Official site]
· 6533 Cahuenga Terrace [Estately]