Take A Peek Inside Cary Grant's Lavish Beachfront House


Take A Peek Inside Cary Grant's Lavish Beachfront House

Hollywood legend Cary Grant passed away in 1986, but thanks to his classic films, like Charade, Bringing Up Baby, and His Girl Friday, his memory lives on forever.

As one of the wealthiest stars in Hollywood, Grant is also remembered by many for his penchant for a lavish lifestyle. He owned properties in Malibu, Beverly Hills, Palm Springs, and Santa Monica, and each of them seemed more luxurious than the other.


In the years following his death, the public were able to get a glimpse of the luxurious interiors of some of Grant's homes as they were one by one put up for sale.

Now, his beachfront home in Santa Monica is back on the market, and you can take a peek inside the unique French Normandy-style property.

The house was built in 1930 for silent film actress Norma Talmadge, but it was eventually sold to businessman Howard Hughes and later to actor Brian Aherne before Grant and his friend Randolph Scott took ownership.

Rumor has it that in addition to Grant and his ex-wife Barbara Hutton, numerous celebrities, including George Gershwin, Princess Grace of Monaco, Irvin Berlin and Sharon Tate, stayed at the $12 million home.

Let's take a tour of the 5,530-square foot home...

The exterior has a four-car garage and a gate that leads into a private courtyard

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The French-inspired courtyard features a fountain

The foyer with a circular staircase and a view of the elegant dining room

The living room

The TV room with a view of the Pacific Ocean

The home's current owner, Jennifer Diener, did some renovations, but they made sure to keep as many of the original details as possible.

"Everything in the house is original, even the lamps on the wall and the chandeliers," said Diener.  

After her marriage to Grant, Hutton modeled the dining room after the Parisian restaurant Maxim, according to the Wall Street Journal

The kitchen

The main bathroom with the original tiles

The master bedroom suite also has views of the ocean, and features an office, a sitting area, a walk-in closet, and two bathrooms

The office and walk-in closet/dressing area

The pictured bedroom is one of four additional bedrooms, including staff quarters with a separate entrance, that overlook the Santa Monica Pier

The backyard includes a heated swimming pool

And a private tennis court

During his brief tenancy, Hughes installed barbed wire along the side of the house, but Diener decided to remove it.

"That was not a historic thing to me, that was not worth preserving," explained Diener, who owned the house for 38 years. "It just looked kind of hostile."

Although most regular people aren't able to afford this house, it's really neat to be able to see how Grant lived when he wasn't in front of the cameras. There's no doubt that he enjoyed the finer things in life.

What do you think of the gorgeous house? Let us know in the comments

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