Onetime Hollywood home of Ginger Rogers for sale at $4.5 million


Perched atop Sunset Strip, this Spanish Revival-style residence in Hollywood Hills was once owned by actress-entertainer Ginger Rogers and her second husband, Lew Ayres, during the late 1930s.

Steeped in Hollywood lore, the storied residence has changed hands only a handful of times over the years, last selling in 2011 for $1.905 million, according to The Times. The property returned to the market earlier and currently lists for sale at $4.495 million.

Set among queen palms and olive trees, the gated compound offers sprawling views from city to sea. Entered through a private courtyard, the home retains its Old World charm with a detailed fireplace, wide arched doorways and truss ceilings with exposed beams.


Features include a chef’s kitchen, a formal dining room and a master suite with a fireplace, a sitting room and jetliner views. In all, the home counts five bedrooms and four bathrooms in 4,800 square feet of living space.

Outdoors, the relaxed grounds contain various patios and an outdoor living room with a fireplace.

A talented singer and dancer, Rogers gained fame for her partnership with Fred Astaire in musical films such as “Flying Down to Rio” (1933) and “Top Hat” (1935). She received an Academy Award for lead actress for her role in “Kitty Foyle” (1940). Rogers died in 1995 at the age of 83.

Ayers, a television and film actor, was known for his work in “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930) and the role of Dr. Kildare, a character portrayed in nine films from 1938 to 1942. He died in 1996 at 88.

Peter Lorimer of Peter Lorimer Group Estates is the listing agent.

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