Spirit of old Hollywood lives on in 1990s Holmby Hills estate

ACTRESS Irene Dunne, who starred opposite the likes of Cary Grant and Spencer Tracy, lived for more than 40 years in a French colonial-style house on the site of this estate in Holmby Hills.

After Dunne died at age 88 in 1990, her Paul Williams-designed home was razed, and this manor, designed by Kevin Clark, took its place. It was completed in 1997.

Georgian-style with French accents, the house has inlaid marble floors, custom moldings and gold-leaf details. The entrance hall has a dome skylight. The grand salon has hand-hewn mahogany floors, and the main dining room can seat 22.

The huge master-bedroom suite has city-to-ocean views.

About this house: The 1-acre flat lot has a motor court, a five-car garage, a staff wing; a tennis court with viewing pavilion; a pool and spa; and manicured grounds.

Asking price: $26.5 million

Size: There are seven bedrooms and 12 bathrooms in 14,250 square feet.

Additional features: The two-story home includes an elevator, plus a gym, a library, a media room, a wine-tasting room, a wine cellar, six hand-carved marble and stone fireplaces, and a lanai. The pool has solar and gas heating.

Where: Holmby Hills

Listing agent: Christophe Choo, Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills, (310) 777-6342

To submit a candidate for Home of the Week, send high-resolution color photos with caption information on a CD and a detailed description of the house to Ruth Ryon, Real Estate Section, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., L.A., CA 90012. Questions may be sent to homeofthe