Now spicing up the market in the 90210 is a vintage time capsule that boasts a bounty of Old Hollywood associations (although it must be said, some are awfully tenuous). As the LA Times reports, the mid-century home is sited on a lot that was once "part of a larger estate belonging to silent-film comic Buster Keaton, who built an Italian-style villa there in 1926. The Keaton estate was later home to Cary Grant and his wife, Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton; actress Marlene Dietrich was a former tenant."
In the late 1940s, British actors James and Pamela Mason purchased the estate and subdivided it into three parcels, one of which ended up in the hands of Lillian Portnoy, the daughter of a film financier. During the 1950s, Ms. Portnoy was a model/actress and for a brief period, the girlfriend of Elvis Presley; the Times notes that Elvis "visited the property on a number of occasions, often using the swimming pool." Now sadly empty and desolate, the aforementioned pool is also cited as one of the few remaining elements of the original Keaton estate, along with the gardens, tiled fountains, and cabana houses.
As for the 3,007-square-foot house, it features four bedrooms, four baths, beamed ceilings, sliding glass doors, wood-paneled walls, and some rather interesting built-ins. On the market for the first time in over 60 years, the .57-acre property is asking $8.795 million.
- Beverly Hills Home Built on the Original Buster Keaton Estate [LAT]
- 1010 Pamela Drive [Berkshire Hathaway]