Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean fame seeks a buyer in Hollywood Hills

Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean fame is asking $1.699 million for his whimsical home in Hollywood Hills.
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An investment property owned by singer-songwriter Dean Torrence, half of the surf-rock duo Jan & Dean, is listed for sale in Hollywood Hills at $1.699 million. That’s a slight uptick from the $1.65 million that was asked in January.

The country English manor, built in 1926, was home in the late 1930s to Humphrey Bogart.

Set beyond a wooden gate on a shaded lot near the Hollywood Reservoir, the property has a storybook quality with its thatched-style roof, stone accents and walking paths.


Leaded glass windows, a formal living room with beamed ceilings, a two-story stone fireplace, an office, three bedrooms and three full baths are within the 2,081 square feet of living space. French doors open to a veranda overlooking the grounds.

Torrence, 77, co-founded Jan & Dean with high school friend Jan Berry in the late 1950s. Among their hits during the “surf rock” craze were “Surf City” and “Dead Man’s Curve.”

The musician had rented out the property in recent years at rates ranging from $5,600 to $6,000 a month.

Rose Ware and Terry Canfield Schmidt of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties are the listing agents.

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