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Take A Peek Inside Bob Hope's Lavish $23 Million Toluca Lake Estate

In the late 1930s, after years of experience in the world of vaudeville and theater, a comedy legend rose to prominence through his Tuesday night radio show for Pepsodent toothpaste and by starring in his first feature motion picture, The Big Broadcast of 1938.

For the next eight decades, Bob Hope would go on to become one of the most recognizable artists in the entertainment industry. In addition to appearing on more than 70 films, he also starred in stage productions, television shows, released a couple of albums, and authored 14 books.

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His love for the performance arts eventually led him to Dolores Reade, whom he wed on February 19, 1934. They adopted four children and despite the funnyman's alleged extramarital affairs, he and Reade remained married until his death in 2003.

They initially lived in Manhattan, but in 1937, they permanently moved into their Toluca Lake Estate in California.

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Hope, who died from complications of pneumonia at the age of 100, spent his final days at the house, surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren.

“I can’t tell you how beautiful and serene and peaceful it was,” his daughter Linda said at the time. “He really left us with a smile on his face and no last words.”

When Dolores passed away in 2011, her will stated that the $23 million estate should be sold, and the proceeds would be donated to the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation, which supports veterans and homeless people in the Los Angeles area.

Seven years later, the property, which sits on 5.16 acres of land, has been sold for $15 million to businessman Ron Burkle.

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The gorgeous custom-built home's 14,000-square-foot interior includes eight bedrooms and bathrooms, multiple dining rooms, a library, and a sunroom.

Let's take a look inside:

Foyer

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Grand Staircase

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Living Room

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Dining rooms

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Kitchen

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Library/Office

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Lounge

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Sunroom

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Bedrooms

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Patio

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Guest house

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Backyard & Pool

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Garden & Golf Course

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Which part of the house is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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