The Santa Monica estate that was the home of late film star and singer
for 65 years has sold for $7.7 million. It came on the market at $8,995,000 and was in escrow within three weeks.
The Elmer Grey-designed English Tudor, built in 1926, sits on more than an acre with views of the Riviera Country Club golf course. Throughout the house are rounded archways, hand-crafted leaded-glass windows and English oak paneling. The living room features stained-glass windows, a minstrels' gallery and a cathedral ceiling. The 5,381-square-foot residence also has a library, a formal dining room, a breakfast room, a walk-in butler's pantry, 71/2 bedrooms and four bathrooms.
The operatic soprano gained attention playing supporting roles in musicals. She went on to star in "Anchors Aweigh" (1945), "Show Boat" (1951) and "Kiss Me Kate" (1953). Grayson died in February at age 88.
Jeffrey Hyland and
of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, had the listing. Marco Van Erp and Jamie Nugent of Prudential
, represented the buyer.