“The scene: An Italianate villa in a once-fashionable section of Los Angeles. Its hallsâonce crowded with the bright, the beautiful, the celebrated. A window barred against the world…”
That’s how this iconic home in Hancock Park was described in the trailer for “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” starring the film legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
The classic L.A. residence was built in 1928 and played a crucial role in the 1962 film. It was where the aging Hudson sisters lived, loved, and fought.
It’s been spruced up considerably since its cinematic turn and is currently on the market for the first time in 50 years. The asking price for this slice of silver screen history is $3,795,000.
The home offers five bedrooms and five bathrooms on 4,778 square feet of living space.
In addition, the quarter-acre lot features a saltwater pool and a detached two-story guesthouse with a cabana, as well as a full bathroom and sauna downstairs. Upstairs is a studio apartment with a kitchen, bathroom, and fireplace.
Most importantly, there are no traces of the dark, dreary interiors that gave the film its creepy vibe.
The classic black wrought-iron staircase railings do still exist, but they’ve been painted a cheery white. Most of the walls are also white and bear no evidence of the sad, patterned wallpaper seen in the movie.
A large kitchen is also stark white and features gray-toned granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and a bay window that looks out onto a colorful bougainvillea.
Above that bougainvillea might be the tell-tale window through which the young neighbor caught glimpses of an imprisoned Joan Crawford.
But even with all the changes to the interior, the front view remains the same.
And here’s a reason for that. The home sits in a historical zone, where changes to the facades of homes aren’t permitted.
However, fresh paint and classic landscaping have worked wonders. The arched entryway, red tile roof, and symmetrical windows are as elegant as ever.
The classic psychological thriller tells the story of two sisters, both former child actresses, one of whom is planning a comeback and has evil designs on the other.
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, also in the twilight of their careers, starred along with Victor Buono.
Davis created her own makeup for her role as Baby Jane Hudson and was nominated for an Academy Award. The film received a total of five Oscar noms, and won one for Best Costume DesignâBlack-and-White. A tale based on the story behind the film’s conception was told in the 2017 series “Feud: Bette and Joan.”
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A custom-built waterfront house with serious “Miami Vice” vibes is on the market for $3.2 million.
Built in 1986, this throwback house on Belle Isle Avenue in Belleair Beach, FL, is on the Intracoastal Waterway. Located near the warm waters of the Gulf, it sits on a key just outside the city of Clearwater.
âFrom the exterior, itâs an architecturally stunning home, because it doesnât conform to anything in todayâs easy, breezy, coastal, aesthetic demands. Itâs quite the opposite of that,â says the listing agent, Rafal Wazio.
No gray walls, quartz countertops, and vinyl plank flooring here. Instead, you have an 1980s masterpiece with oodles of color, recessed and neon lighting, and bold geometric shapes.
âIt’s a completely architecturally stunning home from the outside and from the inside. You know, it just wasnât built as a McMansion,â Wazio says.
The colorful residence measures 5,579 square feet but has only three bedroomsâand the agent is well aware of the unique floorplan.
âThere aren’t too many 5,500-square-foot, three bedroom homes. This one is designed as an en suite, so each bedroom comes with its own bathroom, its own closet, and beautiful open water view,â he explains. âItâs designed for the lifestyle of the owners.â
Each of the bedrooms comes with a not-so-modest feature: An open-air bathtub occupies the same space as the sleeping quarters.
Wazio compares the look to the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas or the Parker resort in Palm Springs.
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âThe bathrooms themselves are separate, but the tubs are all within the bedrooms,â he notes.
The master bedroom features elaborate glass doors and a statement mirrored ceiling, with a black jetted bathtub near the entry doors. An all-black bathroom with a number of accent lights and pops of gold is a private retreat.
A secluded outdoor space right off the master bedroom includes a spiral staircase leading up to the other decks.
The kitchen is sleek and glossy, including a cooktop on the peninsula and space for eating. The dining space nearby overlooks the water.
The main living space is two stories high, with plenty of chrome and a wall of windows. The bedroom entrances are on a balcony overlooking the space. A game room is located off the central space.
Several interested parties have toured the property and some have put in bids. Wazio says. Most of the visitors say they would keep it as it is, he says, with only one advocating for a complete overhaul.
The outdoor space is ideal for the Sunshine State lifestyle, with a pool, dock, and terraces on multiple levels.
âItâs an entertainer’s homeâand itâs unapologetically an entertainer’s home. That’s probably one of the coolest features,â says Wazio.
The entertaining deck atop the home has 2,300 square feet of party space, with easy access to the home’s multiple levels via a glass elevator.
Quite apart from the sheer amount of space for throwing a bash, it’s the breadth of the vistas that attract attention.
âItâs incredible,â Wazio says. âYou basically have four different views from four different directions from up there. You can look east, west, north, south.â
On the ground level, a patio area offers a gorgeous spot to take a dip.
âThe pool and spa are stunning with unique tile accents, using the same tiles the designers of the Versace pool in South Beach used,â Wazio says.
The home also boasts a dock out back, making it easy for the owners to navigate the short distance to the Gulf of Mexico.
The sellers designed and built the home and are planning to move out of the area. Theyâre waiting for the perfect buyer to come along in an area that is not known for its flamboyance.
âItâs an architecturally cool beyond words home. Itâs probably going to end up selling to an entertainer,â Wazio says. âIf we were in Miami, Vegas, or L.A., this would already have been a done deal.â
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