A Beverly Crest estate with a cast of characters in its history is back on the market, this time priced at $22.8 million or for lease at $100,000 a month.
Originally built for Bert Lahr, the actor who played the Cowardly Lion in 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz,” the traditional-style estate has a chain of ownership that includes the likes of Betty Grable, Harry James, Don Johnson and
There's no yellow brick road, but rather a palm-lined drive that leads up to the entrance of the gated home, designed by architect-to-the-stars Paul R. Williams and built in 1941.
Inside, living spaces styled by Ralph Lauren include scaled formal rooms, a lavish chef's kitchen, seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and three powder rooms. A lower level with a wood-paneled theater, a speakeasy-style bar and a two-lane bowling alley also lies within roughly 12,000 square feet of living space.
Across the grounds, a 3,000-square-foot secondary house has two bedrooms as well as its own two-car garage and private driveway. Formal gardens, a tennis court and a swimming pool and spa complete the 1.38-acre setting.
The property last sold nearly two decades ago for $2.55 million, records show.
Stacy Gottula of the Agency and Branden and Rayni Williams of Hilton & Hyland are the listing agents.
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