A Beverly Hills estate that was once the home of comedian Joe E. Brown has sold for $5.56 million.
Secured by walls and a gate, the 1930 Spanish Colonial Revival retains such original details as peg-and-groove oak floors, stenciled beam ceilings, colorful glazed tiles and wrought ironwork. The master suite features a sitting room and a balcony overlooking an inner courtyard. There are five bedrooms, five bathrooms and 7,157 square feet of living space.
Brown, who died in 1973 at 81, lived in the house in 1931-38, according to the Pasadena-based Historic Resources Group. He added a screening room in the mid-1930s, but beyond that little has changed since the kitchen was remodeled by a later owner in 1958.
Among Brown’s many film roles, he played Jack Lemmon's suitor in "Some Like It Hot" (1959) and was in the 1963 comedy classic "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World."
Aileen Comora and Paul Lester of the Agency in Beverly Hills were the listing agents. David Kramer of Hilton & Hyland represented the buyer.
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