Storied onetime home of Katharine Hepburn, Boris Karloff, is on the market #TBT

A Beverly Crest area home listed at $7.395 million was once sold by Katharine Hepburn to actor Boris Karloff.
(John Chimon)

A 1927 Hacienda in the Beverly Crest area has been owned and occupied by such Hollywood greats as Katharine Hepburn and Boris Karloff over the years.

Of note, the extremely private Karloff didn’t actually own the property under his name. Even in his day, celebrities would sometimes hide their real estate dealings from the public eye.

Now listed at $7.395 million, the nearly 5,000-square-foot house sits on an acre on a quiet street in Coldwater Canyon. In more recent years it changed hands in 2002 for $3.35 million and five years later for $5.6 million.

Whitewashed masonry walls, tile floors and beamed ceilings give the home a casual elegance. Dining and living rooms, a den, a library, a bar, an office, a wine cellar, five bedrooms and six bathrooms are among the interior spaces. There are fireplaces indoors and out.


Patios and courtyards gives the yard a meditative atmosphere. A pizza oven is in one of the courtyards. Flagstone decking surrounds the swimming pool.

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Hepburn lived in the house for five years before Karloff bought it. Her time at the property is mentioned in several books including “Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff: The Expanded Story of a Haunting….” The house “with its pool and beautiful, rambling gardens, previously had been the address of Katharine Hepburn. The actress sincerely believed a ghost haunted the house, moving furniture and jiggling” latches.

Karloff, who died in 1969 at 81, portrayed the monster in the 1930s “Frankenstein” films. The English actor was in scores of films, TV movies and television series. He voiced the Grinch in the 1966 animated classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

Eric Burdon of ‘60s rock band “The Animals” later lived in the home.

Edward Fitz of The Agency is the listing agent.

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