The classic Mellenthin-style Charmian Carr house in the San Fernando Valley is now on the market for $1,695,000.
I’m telling you, I got verklempt when writing this piece on the Charmian Carr house, it reminded me so much of my childhood. Who didn’t love Liesl Von Trapp, the beautiful, headstrong oldest daughter in “The Sound of Music.” Carr played the iconic role and in my hearts and mind, she will forever be “Sixteen Going on 17.”But in real life, she passed away in September at the age of 73, due to complications of a rare form of dementia. Now the Encino, CA, home where she raised her two daughters has been listed for $1,695,000.
Perhaps you’ve been wondering what happened to Carr after she filmed The Sound of Music. She starred in a musical with Anthony Perkins called Evening Primrose, then married and left the entertainment industry altogether. Once she left showbiz, Carr dedicated herself to her family and her interior design business, Charmian Carr Designs.
In her own home, Carr made generous use of herringbone wood floors, custom cabinets, and French doors. Buyers may find a few updates necessary, but Ihope the next owner will have an appreciation for the home’s heritage and not take it down to the studs or beyond. I’d hate to see a developer destroy the home’s vaguely Alpine feel and gracious aura, with wood paneling, used brick, and exposed wood beams.
Listing agent Allison Dubois of Berkshire Hathaway has great affection for the home. She was friends with Carr’s daughters and spent her youth “practically growing up there.” Dubois says, “It’s a magical place. She was an avid gardener as well as an interior designer, and the grounds are beautiful.”
Dubois adds that it has rare features for a home built in the 1950s—an open floor plan, tons of storage space, including walk-in closets, and a large garage that can accommodate four cars. “She loved to entertain,” says Dubois. “Hers was the home where everyone wanted to be.”Now the home, strategically priced so that it will be attractive to families but not so much to developers who would tear it down, sits waiting for the new owners, who will hopefully look at it and vow, “I’ll take care of you.”
For more photos in info on the Charmian Carr house, see my feature on Realtor.com.
So Long, Farewell to the Charmian Carr House — Where Liesl Von Trapp Lived and Loved