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Great Spaces: Home Fit for a Lion

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By Nick Caruso

Bert_Lahr_homeBuilt by Paul Williams in 1941, this Hollywood estate was originally the home of Bert Lahr, also known as the Cowardly Lion from the 1939 hit movie musical “The Wizard of Oz.” The gated, private property, which consisted of 6,000 square feet and four bedrooms when Lahr moved in, now boasts 12,000 square feet, eight bedrooms and 10 baths. The home is being listed by Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Previews International in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Recently remodeled, the home emulates a Connecticut- or Hampton-style residence, full of spacious rooms and rich ambience. The main house contains two master suites, two staff quarters, seven bathrooms and three powder rooms, a large living area with high-vaulted ceilings, a three-car garage, a media room with a wet bar and a wine cellar, all sitting on approximately 1.3 acres.

There’s also plenty of outdoor space to entertain guests. An outdoor kitchen can be found on one of the abundant, large terraces along with a pool, spa, tennis court, koi pond, sports court, putting green, game room and two-lane vintage style bowling alley. The separate guest home has its own entrance and offers two bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a two-car garage of its own.

Whoever buys this beautiful compound will love it for its utmost privacy and maybe even for its lineage of Hollywood legacy—the home was also previously owned by Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Paul McCartney, and Betty Grable, to name a few.

There really is no place like home.

Listing price: $25.58 million

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