SELLER: Estate of Marjorie Lord
LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA
SIZE: 3,897 square feet, 3 bedrooms, four bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Just six months after she passed at the impressively advanced age of 97, the Beverly Hills home of veteran actress Marjorie Lord has come up for sale at $9.25 million. The late Lord, mother of Oscar-nominated actress Anne Archer (“Fatal Attraction”), trod the boards on Broadway as a teenager in the 1930s before she landed in Tinseltown where as a contract player she appeared, often as a “sweet-natured ingénue” according to the Internet Movie Data Base, in dozens of mostly unmemorable B-films and television programs. She is probably best remembered for her seven seasons as Kathy “Clancy” Williams opposite Danny Thomas in the popular 1950s and ‘60s boob-toob series “Make Room for Daddy” and its short-lived early 1970s revival “Make Room for Grandaddy.” Covetously located in the terrifically trendy and, hence, brutally expensive Trousdale Estates ‘hood and owned by Miz Lord since 1977 when she and her third, last and late husband, banker Harry Volk, purchased the property, for $455,000, the single-story villa was built in 1962 and designed by legendary architect John Elgin Woolf in his signature Hollywood Regency style. It is currently configured, per online marketing materials, with three bedrooms and four bathrooms in 3,897-square-feet.
Striated beige marble floors, which look a bit too bank-ish for this property gossip’s decorative tastes but are no doubt wonderfully cool on the tootsies on particularly hot summer days, flow from the foyer into ample living and dining rooms. The living room has an understated fireplace mantelpiece and a rather kooky wood-paneled ceiling and both rooms are defined by wide banks of floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that peel open to a fluted column-supported loggia with a canyon-framed, over the tree-tops city view. The adjacent kitchen, an angled affair with a small breakfast table placed at its open center, appears in listing photos to be a wee bit dated although carefully maintained with functionally pedestrian beige ceramic tile flooring and industrial stainless steel counter tops on dusty blue cabinets. For what its worth — and it’s really not worth a damn thing — we appreciate the Old-School, ceiling height jalousies windows over the sink but we suspect those won’t survive any future renovations. The two guest/family bedrooms both have an en suite bathroom and each opens to petite red brick private courtyard, one with a sensational circular cut out in the roof and the other with a curved row of covered doors that, when open, overlook the generously proportioned black-topped and brick-accented motor court. Well positioned at the rear of the residence for privacy advantageous views, the master bedroom opens through another broad bank of glass sliders to the rear loggia while the marble-floored master bathroom opens through a trio of tall and slender glass sliders to a walled courtyard and swimming pool.
Iffin this property gossip were the wagering type — and we’re absolutely not — we’d bet our beloved pooches, Linda and Beverly, the house will sell quickly and most likely to a deep-pocketed high-end developer who will strip the place down, sleek the place up, and try to sell it for something like twice the current asking price. But what do we know, right? The house is tucked up on a discrete and discreet cul-de-sac where some of the other low-slung, mostly extensively renovated mid-century era homes are owned by Blink-182 musician Mark Hoppus, photographer and fashion wizard Hedi Slimane, currently the creative director for Yves Saint Laurent, and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ryan Tedder who picked up his snazzy spread not quite a year ago for $11.9 million.