Home of the Week: A 1920s classic in Beverly Hills


A tree-trunk floor in the den, a fireplace in the entry and a one-time opium room over the master bedroom are among features at Bella Vista, which was built for early filmmaker King Vidor. The director-producer-screenwriter sold the 1920s home to actor John Barrymore, who bridged the silent and talking film eras, and lived at what is known as the Barrymore Estate until his death in 1942.

Location: 1500 Seabright Place, Beverly Hills 90210

Asking price: Upon request

Year built: 1926

Architect: John Byers

House size: Main house: three bedrooms. Two-story guesthouse: three bedrooms; two additional guest cottages

Lot size: 3.03 acres

Features: Main house: octagonal-shaped living room, dining room, library, paneled den, pub room. Guesthouse: two living rooms, two kitchens, round swimming pool, bandstand, paths, ponds


About the area: Based on 115 transactions, the median price of home sales in the 90210 ZIP Code in the second quarter was $2,737,500, according to That was a 32% price increase from the first quarter and a 24% jump year over year.

Agent: Stephen Shapiro, Westside Estate Agency, (310) 991-6115

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