Blond bombshell, pin-up girl, close friend of the Kennedy men and highly successful actress, Marilyn Monroe, starred in many of the 1950’s and early 60’s biggest box-office hits including Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Misfits. Proceeds from her films, which grossed over $200 million, would have afforded her the ability to buy almost any home her heart desired. However, she purchased only one house in her own name during her 36-year lifetime when she bought a home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles in early 1962 - just a few months before her overdose death from sleeping pills. She paid $75,000 for the partially furnished home; her mortgage payments were only $320 a month.
Situated on a private gated half acre, the 2,624-square-foot house, built in 1929, still retains all the beautiful architectural details that made it feel like home to Marilyn. Details include four bedrooms, three baths, cathedral ceilings with wood beams, a fireplace in the living room with Mexican tile surround, casement windows, arched doorways, Saltillo tile floors, a citrus orchard and her famous kidney-shaped swimming pool. Outside is a tree-shaded brick patio overlooking the pool and the original guest house. A poignant arrangement of tiles at the front door proclaims “Cursum Perficio;” translated, it means “My Journey is Over.”
Marilyn Monroe’s beloved home, the only one she ever purchased alone, was for sale, priced at $6.9 million and sold in 2017 for $7.25 million - $350,000 above the asking price.
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