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Guest House

Guest House

Own a piece of Hollywood History! Built in 1926 for famed Hollywood Director King Vidor, a giant of early cinema (The Wizard of Oz, The Big Parade, The Champ). Architect, John Byer (world renowned innovator of the Spanish Colonial style), was tasked with designing a “newlywed’s nest” for King Vidor and his famous bride, actress Eleanor Boardman.

Sold two years later to John Barrymore, one of the greatest actors of the time, Barrymore (grandfather of Drew Barrymore) purchased it as a “honeymoon cottage” for he and his third wife, actress Dolores Costello. It became known thereafter as The Barrymore Estate, where John and Dolores would throw infamous parties with star-studded attendees. Guests included the likes of W.C. Fields, Errol Flynn, and Clark Gable.


In 1945, noted sculptor and artist Hugo Grimaldi, and his wife, Jacqueline Ginette Grimaldi, purchased the property. They remained there until 1973 when they sold the home to prestigious lumber Heiress and famed philanthropist Lou Ann Zellers.  In 1992 the house passed again to its current owners, Hollywood Royalty in their own right, who have once again listed the home for sale.


If these walls could talk! This Grande Dame epitomizes the nostalgic charm of old Hollywood glamour, but she has a distinctly modern feel, which the current owner has carefully cultivated.  From the cross-cut redwood floor (no longer allowed as redwood has been designated a protected lumber), to the library with an open-beamed ceiling, all the way to a resplendent carved stone fireplace said to have come from a 700 year old Scottish castle, as well as a full pub for entertaining, The Barrymore Estate truly represents sumptuous luxury that cannot be duplicated in today’s homes. And while the glamour and luxury runs throughout, the history is what propels this home into an echelon all by itself.

The main house has three bedrooms, with a recently connected aviary that was converted to a 2 story, 3,000 square foot living space with a separate entrance and address. The “aviary” is a two level living space with a kitchen and bedroom on each floor, making it the perfect space for a recording, artist or editing studio.


There are 2 additional guesthouses on the property: A one bedroom Bungalow, and a 2 story guest house, with all amenities necessary to be fully independent guest accommodations. Like the “aviary”, these guest houses have their own private entrances and addresses, which are free to be utilized at the owner’s discretion.


The outdoor grounds compliment the gracious style of the interior with winding paths, gates, fountains, a pool with waterfalls, and beautiful established gardens with lush foliage.


Perfect for that discriminating buyer who has everything, but is seeking a unique investment in a history and provenance that cannot be replicated anywhere, for any price . These descriptors merely scratch the surface of all The Estate has to offer. Shown to prequalified buyers only.

Main House

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Study
  • Pub
  • Oversized Library

Guest Houses

  • All Guest Homes have Private Entrances & Addresses
  • 1 Bedroom Bungalow
  • 2-Story Guest House
  • 2-Story Aviary with bedroom & kitchen on each floor


  • Fountains 
  • Pools with Waterfalls
  • Beautiful Gardens
  • City Views
  • 4 Car Subterranean Garage