The former beach house of silent film star Douglas Fairbanks Sr. has come on the market in Santa Monica at $7.9 million.
The neighborhood was known as the Gold Coast after Hollywood stars and industry giants built homes there in the 1920s. MGM head Irving Thalberg and his actress-wife, Norma Shearer, owned homes in the seaside area, as did industrialist J. Paul Getty and comic actor Harold Lloyd. Fairbanks' street earned the nickname Rolls-Royce Row.
The two-story Mediterranean, built in 1922, has three bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms and formal living and dining rooms in 1,641 square feet. There are views of the grounds, the pool and the ocean. The expansive second-floor terrace includes a fire pit. A wide brick terrace extends the living area off the back of the house and steps down to the swimming pool and spa, which are flanked by lawns lined with mature trees.
The property sold in 1994 for $1,815,000, according to public records.
The costume-drama "The Mark of Zorro" (1920), in which Fairbanks played the title role, cemented his stardom. The swashbuckling leading man was known for his athletic prowess, demonstrated in films such as " Robin Hood" (1922) and "The Thief of Bagdad" (1924).
Jeffrey Hyland of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, has the listing.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times