The comedic genius who will always be remembered as the clumsy, loveable Lucy Ricardo rented out a home in West Hollywood when she just started out her incredibly successful career in show biz.
Lucille Ball, who was born and raised in New York, moved to Tinsel Town after signing to RKO Pictures back in 1933.
Recently, the home has been listed on the market for $1.75 million.
The actress/comedian/producer shared the 1,874 square foot home with her brother, mother and grandfather, until her grandfather started using the dwelling as a meeting place for his Communist friends to gather. Such a scenario almost killed Ball’s career, but she certainly managed to pull through and get her career off on a sizzling path.
Ball moved out of the home and ended up getting her own apartment. Not long after, the Golden Globe winner moved into an opulent Beverly Hills estate after meeting future husband Desi Arnaz on a movie set in 1940 and eloping that same year.
The 1919-built bungalow features American Craftsman style architecture, and sits on a sizeable 6,751 square foot lot. Nothing is lacking in curb appeal thanks to the well-manicured lawn, wide porch, lovely beveled edges, and assemblies of glorious palm trees. The back yard features a deck equipped with a hot tub, as well as lime, lemon and avocado trees.
A highly functional open concept and massive windows on all sides of the two-bedroom home allow plenty of natural light to ooze throughout. The living space is centered around the room’s charming wooden fireplace, and opens up to the formal dining room.
The kitchen features an open floor plan, a massive double-doored refrigerator hidden behind wood panels, German green stone, brushed metal details, and a mini breakfast area.
The first of the two bedrooms opens up directly onto the back wooden patio, which is ideal to breathe in that fresh morning air shortly after rolling out of bed. The second bedroom overlooks the picturesque area of Spaulding Square.
The “I Love Lucy” star has always had a quirky sense about her, and a few hints of her personality can still be seen around the house, including the embellished chandeliers and gold accents in the bathroom.
The current owner has lived in the home for more than two decades. Since owning the abode, she has made a number tasteful renovations that still manage to hold onto its whimsical charm. While the floors, kitchen, and bathrooms were all updated, the windows, hardware, and even one of the bathtubs are original.
Even though Lucille Ball didn’t call this quaint West Hollywood bungalow home for very long after her career took off, it truly is somewhat of a historical landmark in L.A.
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