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A cottage still for sale (and rent)

Posted by vp19 on 2011.03.16 at 10:52
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic

Last October, we noted that Carole Lombard's legendary home at 7953 Hollywood Boulevard was available for sale or rent (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/344899.html). Five months later, that's still the case -- apparently the slow housing market is affecting even luxury home sales in Los Angeles -- although the pricing has changed.

The bad news: The rental price has increased from $5,800 to $6,500 per month (with a year's lease in each case). The good news, relatively speaking: The sale price has shrunk by nearly half, from $2.7 million to $1,595,000...though that number still dwarfs what most of us mere mortals can afford. (Until we win the lottery, invent the latest high-tech app or such.)

The house, built in 1926 and occupied before Carole's two-year stay from 1934 to 1936, remains a showplace, at the far western end of famed Hollywood Boulevard just before Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Here's an aerial view of the neighborhood:

And here are a few new photos of the house's interior at it looks today:

Note the third photo features some Lombard memorabilia, including a reproduction of a poster from "No Man Of Her Own" and Carole's 1937 Lucky Strike advertisement.

This shows Lombard not only slept here, but showered here (and used the medicine cabinet, too):

The kitchen now includes a microwave and some other modern fixtures (Carole may have been ahead of her time, but not that far ahead!):

Now, a question perhaps Carole Sampeck of The Lombard Archive or someone else can answer: Has the rear of the property been significantly altered since Lombard lived there? I ask because here's a vintage picture of Carole at her pool behind the house:

In contrast, two current photos of the rear, which show no pool but a guest house (did it exist when Carole called it home, and was it where her personal assistant, Madalynne Fields, resided?). It's a bit confusing:

You can learn more about this piece of Hollywood history at http://la.curbed.com/archives/2011/03/carole_lombards_hollywood_bachelorette_pad_returns.php#lombard-2 and http://www.redfin.com/CA/Los-Angeles/7953-Hollywood-Blvd-90046/home/7116221.

As we did in the October entry, we'll close with the song "A Cottage For Sale." This charming version of the Willard Robison standard was recorded by jazz legend Jack Teagarden in January 1962, about two years before his death.

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