It could be greater than 70 years because the All About Eve star known as this imposing oceanfront mansion simply south of California’s tony Laguna Seashore dwelling, however locals nonetheless discuss with it as The Bette Davis Home.
The 2-time Academy Award winner was on the pinnacle of her formidable profession when she purchased the house in 1947 as an escape from the Hollywood paparazzi, dwelling right here till 1950.
Sitting on a bluff overlooking rocky Woods Cove, a five-minute drive south of Laguna, this 5,400-square-foot, six-bedroom French Normandy-style home perches excessive above the cove, with private-access steps resulting in a sandy seaside.
Davis was 39 and married to her third husband, artist and former boxer William Grant Sherry, when she bought the residence.
Based on historical past books, it had been in-built 1929 as a summer season dwelling for Charles H. Prisk, a rich newspaper writer and proprietor of the influential Pasadena Star-Information and Lengthy Seashore Press-Telegram.
Designed by well-known Laguna Seashore artist and architect Aubrey St. Clair, the three-story, white-stucco mansion preserved lots of the authentic options from when the actress lived right here.
“One of many glass doorways main out to the oceanfront terrace nonetheless has the beautiful, stained-glass crest that includes the letter “D-for-Davis,” itemizing agent John Cain, of Pacific Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty, tells Robb Report.
Extra distinguished is the massive, wrought-iron “D” on the house’s towering, oceanside brick chimney. Based on Cain, when Davis moved in, it was once a letter “P” that Charles Prisk had put in. “By changing it with a “D,” she rapidly branded the house as her personal,” he says.
Options like these helped earn the house a spot on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations. Whereas Cain says this limits modifications to the outside, it does imply tax breaks for homeowners to assist offset restoration and upkeep prices.
Based on information, the present homeowners bought the property in 2004, paying $13.5 million. Since then, they’ve modernized the eight bogs and upgraded the 2 kitchens.
Flip off Pacific Coast Freeway a mile and a half south of Laguna Seashore, and comply with the hill to Ocean Method and you may’t miss the house’s distinctive, Normandy-style, half-timbered frontage, distinctive inexperienced window trim and wood-shingle roof.
A door from the highway leads into a non-public courtyard with a fountain and steps to an outdoor eating terrace. Inside the primary home—there’s a separate visitor cottage—the standout function is the spectacular nice room with its intricate, coffered wooden ceiling.
The house offers approach to the house’s aptly-named “lookout room” with its wall of home windows offering uninterrupted views of the crashing Pacific under, and people legendary California sunsets.
Steps away, the house’s elegant front room has a French-style hearth and hovering, distressed-wood ceiling. From right here, a staircase ascends to the third-floor bed room stage and the house’s beautiful major suite, the place French doorways open on to a non-public terrace with views of Woods Cove and up and down the Laguna Seashore shoreline. Romantics will love the suite’s Juliet balcony that overlooks the good room under.
Again on the first-floor stage, you’ll discover the household room with its imposing stone hearth and doorways that exit onto a sunny, beach-overlook patio. The bar space has an ornate stained-glass ceiling. On this stage there’s additionally a wine cellar, a health room and one other bed room.
The self-contained, two-bedroom visitor cottage has its personal kitchen and a breezy, beach-house really feel.
“In fact the Bette Davis connection is an enormous a part of the house’s enchantment,” says Sotheby’s Cain. “However what’s so particular in regards to the property is its prized location and that direct seaside entry.”
1991 Ocean Method is listed with Pacific Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty for $19.995 million. Take a 3-D tour right here.