One lucky couple is "Living the Dream" in Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio's Former Home
Do they have a designer yet? If not, we are available! All kidding aside, how amazing must it be for the lucky couple who ultimately won the bidding war on the former Hollywood Hills two-story Mediterranean-style home of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio?
Listed in late December 2018 for $2.695 million, the house sold on Feb. 21 at a premium—$30,000 over the asking price.
Congratulations to the couple!
Located in design-centric Outpost Estates in L.A., the two-story Mediterranean-style home includes four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms
Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio’s former Hollywood Hills love nest was recently taken off the market for $2.727 million, less than two months after it was first listed. The home, which is part of the Outpost Estates, a luxury area overlooking Runyon Canyon, was rented out by the pair shortly after they began dating in 1952; a canceled check from the time shows that Monroe was listed as the renter of the home.
Spanning 3,335 square feet, the two-story Mediterranean-style home includes four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, with a separate two-car garage and an expansive 8,228-square-foot grassy lot out back. The home itself features such luxurious details as tile floors, vaulted ceilings, French doors, and multiple fireplaces throughout. An especially airy living room leads out onto an upper-level terrace with its own room for outdoor dining, likely a space utilized frequently by the superstar pair. The kitchen, tucked away on the second floor of the home, features colorfully patterned tiles on the wall, as well as an industrial gas stove island in the middle of the space.
The master suite boasts its own fireplace, with double doors opening out onto a sunny veranda; the master bathroom features uniquely turquoise-lined built-in shelves and a dark-bottomed deep soaking tub and separate glass-enclosed shower. Out back, a grottolike pool and spa are seemingly nestled into the hillside, surrounded by trees and other vegetation for a scenic spot for a swim.
According to the listing agent, Neal Baddin of Caldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, there ended up being a three-way bidding war for the home. “Three parties came along at the same time,” he told Mansion Global, adding that the couple who ultimately won the bidding war were “perfect for the house. She looks like Marilyn Monroe, and he looks like Joe DiMaggio. As soon as they walked in, I said to them, ‘This is your house.’” The previous owners bought the home for $2.2 million in July 2018 and flipped it just five months later, listing it for $2.695 million. The only thing they did in the interim, Baddin said, was paint the property.
After their divorce and after leaving their rented Hollywood Hills home, Monroe got married to playwright Arthur Miller in 1956; they divorced in 1961, and she and DiMaggio rekindled their romance. At that time, Monroe was living in a sprawling 2,624-square-foot Brentwood home. It was there that she would ultimately die of a sleeping pill overdose in 1962, at the age of 36.