If the walls of some of Los Angeles oldest luxury homes could talk, the stories they would tell. While stars of the silver screen come and go with each passing generation, many relics of the wild lives they lived remain in the fanciful homes they once inhabited. In Los Angeles these edifices are the true stars.
In 2010, journalist Bret Parson cemented that reputation with a clever interpretation of actor Nicolas Cage’s former home. Describing the interior of the home as “frat-house bordello” in the Los Angeles Times, Parsons all at once brought to light the extreme life these homes take on after having been inhabited and designed by Hollywood’s most famous and eccentric personalities.
Cage’s former Tudor home in Bel Air, among many others have taken on a persona of their own becoming the true celebrities that Los Angeles home owners want to read and hear about. Here are a few of the area’s biggest home stars:
The Alfred F. Rosenheim Mansion
In spite of its rich gothic aesthetic that makes it an obvious contender for the spookiest house in Los Angeles, the Rosenheim estate has never witnessed a violent or spooky act since its construction in 1908. That has not stopped Hollywood from filming inside the home however. The home, located at 1120 Westchester Place, has been featured in the 2002 film “Spider-Man,” television series “The X-Files” and “Dexter,” and most recently was the setting of the popular FX series “American Horror Story.” The home has plenty more credits to its name and has seen many generations of actors and directors walk its halls in its more than century existence.
Madonna’s Former Hollywood Hills Home
In the 1920s the home located on 6342 Mulholland Highway was a gambling den for notorious gangster Bugsey Siegel and the like. However, the home did not receive its own notoriety until superstar Madonna purchased it in 1993 and set about one of the most mind-boggling home renovations of all time. Originally built in 1926 by famed architect John DeLario, the home was a Spanish-style masterpiece of luxury and design.
By the time Madonna and her designer brother were finished with it, the home’s historical elements had been all but desecrated. One of the most interesting stylings was a bizarre color scheme for the exterior of the home that included yellow and red stripes, more fitting for a circus tent than a luxury home in the Hollywood Hills.
363 Copa De Oro Road
The very home where the term “frat-house bordello” was coined is also one of Bel Air’s most exquisite and storied mansions. The elaborate home was previously owned by Tom Jones and Dean Martin before eccentric actor Nicolas Cage brought it to a new level of infamy. Cage’s penchant for toy trains and framed comic books were somewhat out of place in this beautiful Tudor mansion. However, Cage didn’t have to worry about the design of this home for too long, he lost the home to foreclosure in 2010 after commanding $35 million for the sale of the home a year earlier.
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