SOLD: The Edie Goetz Estate by Gordon Kaufmann

This Grand Georgian revival manor hosted the most star-studded parties in the golden age of Hollywood and lies secluded behind gates on the best street in Los Angeles. The lavish mansion with eleven bedrooms and nine full baths was designed in 1938 by famed architect Gordon B. Kaufmann, whose works include Greystone Mansion, the Los Angeles times building, Santa Anita Park and The Hollywood Palladium. The interior was later redone by celebrity interior designer Billy Haines. Highlights include an enormous living room, one of the city’s most incomparable american art deco dens and a breakfast room with views across the grounds to the pool and pool house beyond. Further adding to this estate’s uniqueness is its unprecedented population of unique trees, including Mediterranean Dwarf Palms, Arizona Cypresses and Japanese Maples. This curated collection adds an arboretum-like feel to the home’s spectacular gardens and grounds.

The residence was the longtime home of prominent film producer William Goetz and his wife, Edith Mayer (Edie) Goetz, daughter of MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer. The home was the center of Hollywood social life at the height of the studio era and is famous as the site to which Elizabeth Taylor fled after her first breakup with richard burton — and where the couple soon reconciled. “the highest accolade for someone coming into this town was to be invited to the Goetzes,” remembered Oscar-winning director Billy Wilder. “they had the best food, the best people and the best things on the walls.” Edie was well known as one of Los Angeles’ primary luminaries, titled the Hollywood princess. Soon, her parties coupled with her robust art collection (which boasted works by Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and others) helped elevate edie to the highest echelons of the upper-class of Los Angeles. Cary Grant said, “Edie Goetz had the best tables because she had the best guests”.

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