Onetime Bel-Air home of former child actor Jane Withers comes up for sale

The traditional-style home, built as a model in 1936, was purchased for “Bright Eyes” actress Jane Withers by the child actor’s parents.
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)

In lower Bel-Air, a traditional-style home where actress Jane Withers once lived is being offered off-market for $4.5 million.

Built by developer Herbert Kornish as a model home, the property was bought for the Depression-era child actor in 1936 by her parents, according to Los Angeles Times archives. The sale, which included furnishings and two adjoining lots, totaled $37,000.

Set behind fences and hedges, the white-painted two-story retains its original good looks while incorporating updates by interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Vaulted ceilings with painted beams and walls of built-ins are among details of note. A wall of picture windows borders the breakfast room, which has a garden view.


The 6,800-square-foot house also has a living room with a fireplace, a sunroom and an office-den. There are two master suites for a total of five bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms.

Outside, the roughly half-acre property holds a swimming pool and spa, a cabana and a grassy backyard. A gated courtyard sits off the front entrance.

Corey Weiss of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties holds the exclusive listing.

Withers, 92, paired with fellow child movie star Shirley Temple in the 1934 film “Bright Eyes.” The films “Zoo in Budapest” (1933), “Ginger” (1935) and “The Farmer Takes a Wife” (1935) are among her other credits.

She also wrote the story for and later starred in the 1941 film adaptation of “Small Town Deb.” | Twitter: @LATHotProperty