A Los Angeles home once owned by America’s sweetheart surfaced on the market this month with an asking price of $6.1 million. Yes, the house was, at one time, the place where Judy Garland hung her hat; but other residents over the years have included Sammy Davis, Jr., who in turn rented it to the members of prototypical roots-rock outfit The Band in the early 1970s.
The jam session that could’ve resulted from their collective and simultaneous presence in the great room is fodder for the imagination as much as the house is itself, with its mix of modern and grandiose Hollywood Regency styles. It was built in 1941, and features an exterior that invites curiosity; the façade is eccentric, sporting a pair of terraces in its three-floor massing, and unusual details like the convex bay window that looks out over the city from the second floor.
There are five bedrooms and eight baths in the 5,000 square footer; interior details include original oak floors, original fireplaces, and original light fixtures. There’s a fair amount of glass in the home, with the second floor living room opening onto a terrace via fold-away panels, and various single and double doors scattered throughout. The master suite sports a bathroom with an atmospheric addition: a soaking tub adjacent to an in-wall gas fireplace.
The property’s lot measures in at three-tenths of an acre. It pulls off a veritable sanctuary of a garden, with mature trees, creeping vines, and various plantings making it a peaceful escape. A guest house with a cozy loft bedroom, a stone fireplace, and a marble wet bar looks out over the pool.