The Hollywood Hills home where Marilyn Monroe lived during the early 1950s has come on the market for $2.695 million. Monroe took up residence a few years before marrying Joe DiMaggio in 1954, and the two lived there before and during their nine-month marriage, according to agent Neal Baddin, who has the listing with Coldwell Banker.
After starting out as a model and actress in a few supporting roles in the late 1940s, Monroe hit the Hollywood A-list after starring in such films as “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “The Seven Year Itch” in the 1950s. In 1959 she won a Golden Globe Award for her role in “Some Like It Hot.”
Her career was marred by absences on film sets and she eventually died in 1962 of a suspected drug overdose at age 36. Yankees player Joe DiMaggio was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955 after an illustrious career that included playing on the winning World Series team during his first four consecutive seasons and a 56-game hitting streak in 1941. That record has yet to be broken.
Built in 1938, the four-bedroom, five-bathroom property in the Outpost Estates neighborhood has a tiered look since it is terraced against the steep angles of the hillside. Residents enter the home at ground level on one side of the house and walk to the window where they can look hundreds of feet down over Runyon Canyon.
Architect Charles Toberman designed this 3,300-square-foot house in the same Spanish Mediterranean style he used for many of the other homes in the neighborhood. Toberman was known for his work on the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and many luxury homes around Los Angeles.
Exposed wood beams in the vaulted ceilings are original to the house.
The main living room has a vaulted ceiling with vintage candelabra and arch top double doors that open out to the covered porch. A working fireplace with exposed brick is on the right side.
The kitchen was part of the main remodel that took several smaller rooms and turned them into a kitchen. Off the kitchen is this dining room that opens out to the covered porch on the main level.
“All of those homes, when they were first built, were partitioned off,” said Baddin. “They had the kitchen, a butler’s pantry and a laundry area. What people have done over the years is just banged out everything and made it one big kitchen.”
The master bathroom has a mosaic tiled jetted tub with open shower. One of the bathrooms includes vintage touches such as the copper freestanding bathtub and the painted sink.
The topmost level consists of a single “tower room,” currently used as a secluded office.
The home also comes with a grotto-style pool and outdoor deck in the backyard.