Monday, September 23, 2013
Bob and Dolores Hope's Toluca Lake home comes to market
My father, jazz great Dave Pell was Bob Hope's musical director and saxophone player for 13 years. He traveled all over the world with Hope as part of many USO tours. Not sure if he spent any time at Hope's house in Toluca Lake, but he's got some great old black and white photos of Hope in Europe and Asia, poolside with lots of hair.
Visit the listing info here
from curbedla: Beloved entertainer Bob Hope and his wife Dolores moved to this piece of land in Toluca Lake waaaay back in 1939, when Howard Hughes dominated the skies, Hitler dominated Czechoslovakia, and movie stars clustered in Beverly Hills and Los Feliz. The Hopes had architect Robert Finkelhor design a house in the middle of what was then a walnut grove; over the years they kept acquiring more and more land and in the 1950s they brought in the king of Hollywood Regency, John Elgin Woolf, to renovate "in a more contemporary style," as the LA Times puts it. The house is now 14,876 square feet on 5.16 acres and it is all up for sale (the buyer won't be allowed to subdivide for five years). It all comes with a two-bedroom/two-bathroom guesthouse, two-bedroom/one-bathroom staff quarters, offices, indoor and outdoor pools, a one-hole golf course, and loads of gardens. Asking price is $27.5 million. If you are a Hope fan with gajillions of dollars, pick up a twofer with this and his Palm Springs John Lautner house, which looks like either a volcano or a mushroom and is asking $50 million.