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Comedian’s former Beverly Hills estate for sale

Hot Property: Joe E. Brown’s former house
The Spanish Colonial Revival home in Beverly Hills was sold to comedian Joe E. Brown in 1931.
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An estate in Beverly Hills that was once home to comedian Joe E. Brown is on the market at $6.89 million.

Set apart from the street by walls and a gate, the 1930 Spanish Colonial Revival faces in on a courtyard with a fountain. Among original details are peg-and-groove oak floors, stenciled beam ceilings, colorful glazed tiles and wrought ironwork. The master suite features a sitting room and a balcony overlooking the inner courtyard. There are five bedrooms, five bathrooms and 7,157 square feet of living space.

A loggia with arched openings surrounds the courtyard, and the garage has three arched openings for cars.

Brown, who died in 1973 at 81, lived in the house from 1931-38, according to research from the Pasadena-based Historic Resources Group. He added a screening room in the mid-30s, but beyond that little has changed since the kitchen was remodeled by a later owner in 1958.


The circus performer-turned-vaudevillian was a pro baseball player before heading to Broadway. Among his many film roles, he played Jack Lemmon’s suitor in “Some Like It Hot” (1959) and was in the 1963 comedy classic “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.”

Aileen Comora and Paul Lester of the Agency in Beverly Hills are the listing agents.

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