Former L.A. Home of Betty Grable Lists for $13.295 Million – WSJ & Hilton & Hyland

Article originally appeared on The Wall Street Journal – Candace Taylor

The house was built for the actress, and she lived there until the late-1940s.


A Los Angeles home with a history of celebrity owners—including actresses Betty Grable and Jaclyn Smith —has listed for $13.295 million. The house, located in Bel Air, was built in the late 1930s, according to owner Schuyler Moore, an entertainment lawyer. Mr. Moore said an early resident was Hollywood star and World War II “pinup girl” Betty Grable. He said the house was built for the actress, and she lived there until the late-1940s. Another former owner was actress-turned-clothing designer Jaclyn Smith, who starred on the “Charlie’s Angels” television show. According to public records, Ms. Smith and her then-husband Dennis Cole purchased the home in 1979 and sold it in the 1980s. A spokesperson for Ms. Smith said she did buy the house but never moved in. The traditional-style brick home sits on nearly an acre, Mr. Moore said. The house measures about 8,500 square feet, with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, according to listing agents Alphonso Lascano and Bjorn Farrugia of Hilton & Hyland. Mr. Moore purchased the home in 2011 for $7.075 million. The home had been renovated by the previous owner, who added modern amenities such as skylights, a sound system and new plumbing, while preserving features such as working fireplaces, Mr. Moore said. The gated estate has a saltwater swimming pool, a basketball court, a gym, a wine cellar and what Mr. Moore calls “a full-blown man cave,” where he has a motorcycle on display. Several others are stored in the property’s three-car garage. After moving in, Mr. Moore said he made some changes to the grounds, adding a deck, waterfall and a putting green, and renovating a children’s playhouse on the property. Mr. Moore, 58, said he is selling because his wife recently died, and the home has too many memories of her. He said he is now in escrow on an estate elsewhere in Bel Air. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THIS PROPERTY

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