clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Spanish Colonial-style house where Howard Hughes crashed his plane is for sale for $14.45M

New, 7 comments

The crash was depicted in the 2004 film ‘The Aviator’

Courtesy of Aaron Kirman and Louis Evans/John Aaroe Group

Behind the lovely Spanish Colonial Revival exterior of this five-bedroom Beverly Hills residence, lies a modern, marble-clad luxury interior. It has been updated thoroughly, with a shiny new kitchen full of stainless steel appliances, a fantastic hand-painted ceiling in the living room, a statement fireplace with original details, and a heavy-handed application of white marble in the entryway, where a staircase sweeps up to the second floor.

Built in 1926, it was designed by architect Wallace Neff, but it is far better known as The House That Howard Hughes Crashed a Plane Into.

On July 7, 1946, according to the aviation history site Check Six, Hughes was flying his XF-11 airplane but ran into complications. He wanted to make an emergency landing at the Los Angeles County Club, but he didn’t quite make it.

He crashed into the garage and the bedroom of the house while its owners, actress Rosemary DeCamp and her husband John Staler, were both at home. (Hughes also hit another house on Whittier Drive during the landing.)

The crash was depicted in the 2004 film The Aviator:

The house has been on and off the market over the last few years, and it dodged demolition back in 2013. It’s now listed for $14.45 million.