It’s simply known as Farralone, which probably doesn’t mean anything to most people, but the estate that sits just outside of Los Angeles has an amazing history.
Located in Chatsworth, California, Farralone was originally commissioned by Dora Hutchison, the heiress to the Chase Manhattan Bank fortune. It was completed in 1951 by Pereira & Luckman, architects known for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center, The Transamerica Pyramid building in San Francisco and Los Angeles International Airport.
The home was a notorious celebrity party house while Hutchison occupied it. When she returned to New York, the heiress rented it to Frank Sinatra, who stayed in the house for nearly a decade beginning in the 50s. During the time he lived there, Marilyn Monroe sublet the guesthouse. She shot one of her final photo shoots at the property and the guesthouse was the setting for her alleged affair with John F. Kennedy.
More recently, the home has served as a location for film and television. Scenes in the movies Swordfish, Dreamgirls and Ali have been shot there, as well as episodes of the TV shows Mad Men and Californication.
So what do you get other than gorgeous architecture and lots of history for $12 million? Here’s a rundown.
- 4 bedrooms
- 5.5 bathrooms
- a gallery
- 3 lower-level offices with conference room
- 1,000 square foot guest house with 1 bedroom and 1.5 bathrooms
- 50-foot pool
- detached gym
- parking for 200 cars
If you buy it, we want an invite to your first party.