This Spanish hacienda style home in Los Angeles' Brentwood neighborhood has its fair share of charm—just like its former owner. The property that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe came on the market just yesterday for $6.9 million.
The white stucco property, built in 1929, sits on the end of a small cul-de-sac. Just a few weeks before her death in 1962, she invited Life magazine reporter Richard Meryman into her home, and she gave him a tour and talked about how she was relishing decorating the first place that was all her own:
On a special trip to Mexico she had carefully searched in roadside stands and shops and even factories to find just the right things to put in it. The large items had not arrived - nor was she ever to see them installed. As she led me through the rooms, bare and makeshift as though someone lived there only temporarily, she described with loving excitement each couch and table and dresser, where it would go and what was special about it.
Monroe actually only lived in the four bedroom, three bathroom home for about six months. At 2,624 square feet, Variety dubs it "extraordinarily modest by today's celebrity standards," though it has been "renovated, updated and expanded over the years by the various owners [yet] retains a number of original architectural details such as thick white stucco walls, casement windows, some fitted with wrought iron grills, terra-cotta tile floors, Gothic arch doorways, and vaulted, exposed wood ceilings."
"It is really warm, romantic, intimate," listing agent Lisa Optican told Vanity Fair. "The same courtyard, entry, and backyard with the pool and the expansive grassy yard and garden are all there. You feel it and get why she was attracted to it—she wanted a home rather than just a big house in Beverly Hills."
The property is currently listed for $6.9 million with Mercer Vine.