Rock Hudson was a pioneer in the Hollywood scene in his heyday, and recently, he would’ve celebrated his 88th birthday. Part of what made him famous was his unique collection of Los Angeles luxury real estate. From the beach to the Hollywood sign, Hudson called a variety of places in Los Angeles home, including some properties elsewhere in Southern California. Here’s a quick look at his Los Angeles luxury real estate portfolio.
8382 Grand View Drive: Never one to be shy about his sexuality, Hudson decided to move-in with his boyfriend Jack Navaar at 8382 Grand View Drive. They lived in this Los Angeles luxury home for close to year, moving in during May 1953 and moving out in 1954 when he purchased a new home at 9151 Warbler Way.
9151 Warbler Way: His style was unique as the day was long, and the decor at the Warbler Way home was no different. Hudson decided to furnish the living room at Warbler Way with redwood lawn chairs in order to pad his bank account for other home renovations. In a somewhat shocking turn of events, Hudson married a woman named Phyllis. Their marriage was short-lived, however, and two years after moving in, she took the home from him during their divorce.
Granville Towers: In need of a new place to lay his head, Hudson moved into a place called The Voltaire, which is better known today as Granville Towers. This is where he spent time during their divorce, and considering Phyllis took the Warbler Way home and the contents, it was only fitting that Hudson selected a furnished apartment. Of note, Hudson requested that the apartment be swept for electronic listening devices prior to moving in.
19200 Pacific Coast Highway: There’s something special about Malibu luxury real estate, but even more so having a PCH address. Built in 1948, Hudson’s Malibu luxury home was a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of LA. The home featured 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and was frequently the host to numerous social gatherings during the 60s.
Lido Island: After ridding himself of the Malibu home, Hudson decided to purchase a Newport Beach luxury home on the affluent Lido Island. Located on Via Mentone, the property afforded him the luxury of taking up sailing and soaking up the sun during the summer months. In his biography, Hudson says: “I have had the best summer of my life at Newport Beach with my boat and my house. I enjoy being alone. Boats and the sea are the greatest things in the world for relaxation and peace of mind, when the only thing that really matters is: Are the sails right? I am going to live at Newport all the year round. I can get to the studio in an hour.”
The Castle: Hudson spent the longest amount of time at “The Castle,” the Los Angeles luxury home he moved into in 1962 and where he lived until his death in 1985. After renting the home and developing an admiration for the property, Hudson described his love affair to Universal Studios, who bought the home for him for $167,000. The catch? Hudson was required to renew his contract with the studio, which he made good on.
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