What Price Fame? Last Marilyn Monroe House is Twice the Price of Others in the Hood

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The Marilyn Monroe house in Brentwood is listed for a voluptuous $6.9 million

Marilyn Monroe House

Marilyn Monroe HouseYes, it was both her first house and her last house. Glamour goddess Marilyn Monroe purchased the hacienda-style home in the early 1960’s, shortly after her divorce to playwright Arthur Miller, her third husband. It was the first house she bought all on her own, and the last one she ever inhabited. She died of an alleged drug overdose in the master bedroom, only about four months after closing.

But is it really worth over twice as much as the homes around it? It just hit the market for $6.9 million, or $2,630 per square foot. The average price per square foot in swanky Brentwood is less than half that: $985, according to realtor.com records.

Monroe appears to have paid somewhere between $75,000 and $90,000 for it, and made payments of $320 per month, living there with her trusted housekeeper Eunice Murray. She never did swim in the kidney shaped pool, but she did appreciate its privacy behind tall gates at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, in the days before drones flew along and changed everything.

Marilyn Monroe House

This four bedroom, three bath, 2,624 square foot Marilyn Monroe house has changed hands a number of times since the actress’s death. Property records indicate that it was last sold in 2010 for $5,100,000, and listing photos lead one to believe that not much has been done to it in the interim.

Marilyn Monroe House

Those more interested in the Marilyn Monroe house more for the history than the dwelling possibilities will be relieved to know that original architectural details, including beamed ceilings, terra cotta tile floors, casement windows and a Spanish tile fireplace appear to have been left intact. And the mature landscaping in the expansive grassy yard on 23,200 square foot lot, one of the biggest in the neighborhood, looks like it could have been thriving there for some time as well.

Marilyn Monroe House

Monroe seemed to feel this home was an extension of herself. “Anybody who likes my house, I’m sure I’ll get along with,” she told a reporter from Life magazine. “When you walk the house and grounds, you’re immediately struck by its serenity and warmth,” Monroe continued. “Every owner who has called this property home has been drawn to the same character … The property is romantic, intimate and private.”

Marilyn Monroe House

Now at first I thought the home was quite ambitiously priced, to put it nicely. But then I remembered that the dress Monroe wore to sing “Happy birthday Mr. President” to JFK recently sold at auction for $4.8 million. That makes $7 million for an entire Marilyn Monroe house seem like a steal.

Lisa Optican of Mercer Vine is representing the property.

Marilyn Monroe House

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

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