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Iconic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane House on the Market for the First Time in 50 Years

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“The scene: An Italianate villa in a once-fashionable section of Los Angeles. Its halls—once crowded with the bright, the beautiful, the celebrated. A window barred against the world…”

That’s how the iconic home in Hancock Park known as the Whatever Happened to Baby Jane House was described in the trailer for the film starring the movie legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

The classic L.A. residence was built in 1928 and played a crucial role in the 1962 film. It was the location where the aging Hudson sisters lived, loved, and fought.

iconic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane house

It’s been spruced up considerably since its cinematic turn and is currently on the market for the first time in 50 years. The asking price for this slice of silver screen history is $3,795,000.

iconic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane house

The home offers five bedrooms and five bathrooms on 4,778 square feet of living space.

iconic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane house

iconic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane house

In addition, the quarter-acre lot features a saltwater pool and a detached two-story guesthouse with a cabana, as well as a full bathroom and sauna downstairs. Upstairs is a studio apartment with a kitchen, bathroom, and fireplace.

iconic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane house

Most importantly, there are no traces of the dark, dreary interiors that gave the film its creepy vibe. The classic black wrought-iron staircase railings do still exist, but they’ve been painted a cheery white. Most of the walls are also white and bear no evidence of the sad, patterned wallpaper seen in the movie.

Staircase in the movie

 

iconic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane house

A large kitchen is also stark white and features gray-toned granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and a bay window that looks out onto a colorful bougainvillea. Above that bougainvillea might be the tell-tale window through which the young neighbor caught glimpses of an imprisoned Joan Crawford.

iconic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane house

But even with all the changes to the interior, the front view remains the same. And here’s a reason for that. The home sits in a historical zone, where changes to the facades of homes aren’t permitted. However, fresh paint and classic landscaping have worked wonders. The arched entryway, red tile roof, and symmetrical windows are as elegant as ever.

iconic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane house

 

Scrolled wrought-iron front gates from the film

The classic psychological thriller tells the story of two sisters, both former child actresses, one of whom is planning a comeback and has evil designs on the other. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, also in the twilight of their careers, starred along with Victor Buono.

Davis created her own makeup for her role as Baby Jane Hudson and was nominated for an Academy Award. The film received a total of five Oscar noms, and won one for Best Costume Design—Black-and-White. A tale based on the story behind the film’s conception was told in the 2017 series Feud: Bette and Joan.

See my original feature on the iconic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane House on Realtor.com.

 

 

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

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 recently founded the new lifestyle website ReallyRather.com, where celebrities and experts share their 5 favorite things in the fields of entertainment, lifestyle, wellness, home and food & drink.

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