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Hilltop, MCA co-founder Jules Stein’s onetime estate, eyes a buyer

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The sprawling compound takes in views of Lake Arrowhead and the surrounding mountainside.

Hilltop, a Lake Arrowhead estate once owned by MCA co-founder Jules Stein, has come on the market at $14.25 million.

The 3.85-acre compound, which the tax assessor dates to 1935, was a getaway for such Hollywood elite as actors Cary Grant, Rock Hudson and Marilyn Monroe during Stein’s time. Although the mansion has been expanded and updated over the years, it still retains the distinctive Alpine Normandy architecture.

The great room has 30-foot-tall ceilings, an oversized stone fireplace and views of the lake. A glass ceiling tops the all-season family room, giving it the appearance of a conservatory.

A long galley-style butler’s pantry sits off the roomy kitchen, which has a center island. A fire pole in the upstairs play room provides quick access to the kitchen.

There’s also a formal dining room and a music room. Among the seven bedrooms in the main house is a sailing-themed bunk room with six boat-shaped beds.

A tennis court and pavilion, an event/catering building and a four-bedroom detached guesthouse complete the grounds. The living space totals 11,081 square feet.

Two private boat docks with four slips sit off the beach.

Jules Stein, the ophthalmologist-turned-band-booking-businessman who died in 1981 at 85, helped create the Music Corp. of America. He also founded the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA.

David Vail of HK Lane Real Estate and Trent Tiecke of Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International are the listing agents.

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