It has been referred to as “The
great glass mansion that perches like a lighted jewel on its own
13.5 acre hilltop”. No wonder, with its 16 ft. ceilings the interior is
surrounded by glass walls that open seamlessly to the outdoor
spaces. Today the property has been painstakingly restored to its
pristine original condition and continues to sparkle and amaze.
The estate known as “Farralone” was commissioned by Dora Hutchison,
the heiress to the Chase Manhattan Bank fortune. It was completed in
1951 by Pereira & Luckman, the architects most famous for building
this “trophy” residence, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the
Kennedy Center, The Transamerica Pyramid building in San Francisco
and the master plan for the City of Beverly Hills.
The parties hosted there between 1951-1954 were legendary and
included such guests as Lucille Ball and Ava Gardner. Judy Garland
and Vincente Minnelli renewed their wedding vows there. Frank Sinatra leased the
house for several years. During that time Marilyn Monroe frequently resided in
the guesthouse and had one of her last photo shoots there as well as the
alleged rendezvous with Jack Kennedy. The estate earns a
significant income each year from TV and film location shoots.
The 10,000 sq. ft. main estate, surrounded by two acres of rolling
lawn, is up a long, winding private road on 5.5 acres. It includes 4
bedrooms/5.5 baths, a grand gallery and three lower level private
offices complete with a conference room. The one bedroom/1.5 bath
guest house is 1,000 sq. ft. with its own pool. A detached gym is
located adjacent to the stunning 50 ft. pool.
A 9.5 acre section, out of site from the residence, has a tentative
tract map divided into 13 lots and is currently used as a vineyard
with horse riding trails. In addition to the large motor
court there is parking for 200 cars.
This fine example of mid-century magnificence could not be
replicated today. It is beyond a doubt one of the most private,
dazzling and important estates in all of southern California.
Offered at $12,000,000