What could be more perfect on New Year's Eve than to be writing about -- what else? -- a bar. And not just any old bar -- a famous pub where Bette Davis, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Ginger Rogers and hundreds of others carved their names in the bar top. Now who wouldn't like to fall off the same stools where the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame once perched?
The bar, and the 4,100-square-foot house that surrounds it, was once the home of actor Alan Ladd and his agent wife, Carol, who apparently really liked to entertain. The Los Feliz property just sold for $2.55 million, after being listed for $3,495,000 for a relatively mere 79 days on the market.
The new owner of the landmark property is songwriter and composer Scott Cutler.
The four-bedroom, 3 1/2 -bathroom house, designed between 1926 and 1928, was the work of architect Marshall P. Wilkinson. It has high ceilings, hardwood floors, four fireplaces -- including one each in the kitchen and bar. There's also park-like grounds with a koi pond and patio. Bing and Dixie Crosby honeymooned here, a gift from the Ladds.
The home has original wood moldings, an intimate reading nook and an enhanced foyer with hand-painted Gracie wallpaper. The upgraded gourmet kitchen has a Viking stove and soapstone countertops.
The bar, called the Silent Woman Pub, saw a ton of celebrity foot traffic during Hollywood's Golden Era and the Prohibition.
Ladd, who died in 1964, starred in the 1953 western "Shane."
New owner Cutler wrote "Sanctuary" with Madonna and "No Man's Woman" with Sinead O'Connor.
Lynne Beavers of Lynne Beavers & Associates, Los Angeles, had the listing. Eric Lowry of Coldwell Banker, Sunset Boulevard office, and Dawn Young of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills East, represented the buyer.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times