…from 90210 real estate insider Chatty Cathy that one of the several Beverly Hills mansions into which daredevil recluse Howard Hughes crash-landed his XF-11 airplane in 1946 has recently been listed with an asking price of $6,995,000.
At the time of the crash, the Wallace Neff-designed Spanish-style mansion in a decidedly desirable pocket of The Flats of Beverly Hills butted up against The Los Angeles Country Club, was owned by actress Rosemary DeCamp (Yankee Doodle Dandy, This Is The Army).
Miz DeCamp and her husband were asleep when a piece of the plane’s wing and a chunk or two of the neighbor’s red tile roof slammed into the master bedroom. At least one neighboring home was destroyed but remarkably, neither Miz DeCamp nor her husband were injured.
Martin Scorcese created a dramatic and high-production reenactment of the crash in his five-time Oscar winning 2004 film The Aviator.
Current listing information and online virtual tour show the existing white stucco and red tile roofed residence was originally built in 1926 on a .39-acre mid-block lot, measures 6,246 square feet and includes 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms plus a staff suite. The stately and well-proportioned pad could benefit greatly, by Your Mama’s humble and utterly meaningless opinion, from a deep breath of fresh decorative air. We also note with satisfaction that at least some of its original detailing has been retained such as arched doorways, iron grill work, tile accents, and exquisite hand-painted wood ceiling in the cavernous step-down formal living room that also has a wood-burning fireplace and bank of French doors the spill out to a covered terrace that overlooks the chevron-shaped swimming pool.
The property is now owned, according to Chatty Cathy, by the estate of Emmy-winning music composer Richard Stone, well known and highly regarded for having written a lot of music and catchy songs for a lot of successful Warner Bros. cartoons in the 1990s.