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.