Former residence of ‘King of Swing’ Benny Goodman is for sale in Pacific Palisades

The onetime home of "King of Swing" Benny Goodman is for sale in Pacific Palisades at $6.195 million.

The onetime home of “King of Swing” Benny Goodman is for sale in Pacific Palisades at $6.195 million.

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A onetime stomping ground of Benny Goodman, the “King of Swing” bandleader, is for sale in Pacific Palisades at $6.195 million.

The 1920s Spanish-style house is set on a third of an acre along a tree-lined street in the Palisades Riviera area.

Beam ceilings, original windows, wood-burning fireplaces, mosaic tile, detailed molding, wrought-iron accents and period light fixtures are in keeping with the era in which the house was built. Colorful tile stair risers add a decorative touch to the sweeping staircase in the rotunda entry.

Although the 5,000 square feet of updated living space is served by a speaker system, a guest house set up as a studio is currently the center of musical activity on the property.


Living, dining and family rooms, an updated kitchen, a breakfast area, a study/office, five en suite bedrooms and a powder room are among the interior spaces. Patios sit off the house, which also has a lawn and a swimming pool.

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The jazz clarinetist, who died in 1986 at 77, was a popular dance band leader in the 1930s. He later delved into bebop and focused on classical music.

His career was the subject of the 1955 film “The Benny Goodman Story” and the 1986 PBS special “Let’s Dance.” Goodman, who integrated his big band at a time when Jim Crow laws prevented the group from performing in the South, received an honorary Grammy for lifetime achievement.

Among his hits were “Sing Sing Sing,” “Taking a Chance on Love” and “Let’s Dance.”

Anthony Marguleas of Amalfi Estates is the listing agent.

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