A Bay Area estate that was at one time the property of entertainer and movie star Bing Crosby surfaced on the open market this week with a $13.75 million price tag. The notable addition to the available properties list in Hillsborough, California, is an enviable home: a manor house that was built in 1930, surrounded by three acres of bucolic grounds.
The red brick home’s coat of white paint is nicely weathered, and together with its slate roof, leaded and casement windows, and setting has an unmistakable air of the genuine about it. It sits at the end of a winding driveway that is framed with plantings and hedgerows, providing an escapist preamble to a magically timeless 10-bedroom mansion.
The interior living spaces—the house measures in at 9,845 sq. ft.—follow a deeply recessed entrance and a front door that appears to be carved mahogany. The interiors are packed with original details, including plank flooring, and wood paneling and exposed beams make frequent appearances as the shared spaces progress. A renovation carried out in the middle of the last decade has brought the kitchen, bathrooms and other spaces up to date, albeit sensitively.
Amenities in this unusually fine home include a library, a ballroom and a guest suite. The semi-forested grounds are extraordinary, with a large lawn, pool, slate patio, and staff apartment all featured across the acreage.
Crosby was a star singer and actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in 1944’s Going My Way. His music was immensely popular; it is estimated that out of all 80,000 hours of recorded radio music that aired in 1948, more than half was his.