A Beverly Hills house that was a gathering spot for Hollywood greats over the decades has come on the market for $7.495 million.
Designed by noted architect Gerard R. Colcord and built in 1939, the Pennsylvania Dutch Colonial Revival-style house was the home of movie producer and screenwriter Jerry Wald and his wife, Connie, starting in 1943. Actors Audrey Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and
Connie Wald's home-cooked meals, notably her fried chicken dinners, were often shared with guests. She gained a reputation as an exemplary hostess who never betrayed a confidence.
Named the Barnett House for its original owners, the charming house has a fieldstone façade, a steep roof and dormer windows. The two-story house is set behind a white picket fence and lawn on close to half an acre and has been maintained in near-original condition.
A screening room with a projection room, a library with walls of shelves and a wood-clad living room with a fireplace are among the living areas.
The screening room was created by Colcord in 1952 as an expansion of the house. Colcord also added a mother-in-law apartment and the swimming pool. He would later convert the garage into a guest house for frequent visitor Hepburn.
The 5,433 square feet of space includes five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and a powder room. The cabana/guesthouse near the pool has a bathroom.
Loretta Young's mother, decorator Gladys Belzer, outfitted the house in antiques and guided décor selections at the Walds' behest.
Jerry Wald, who died in 1962 at 50, produced such films as "Key Largo" (1948) and "They Drive by Night" (1940). Connie Wald died in 2012 at 96.
Bret Parsons of Coldwell Banker is the listing agent.