A Valley home rented by Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, seeks $13M

In recent years, home has been a popular filming location for "Mad Men" and "Dreamgirls."

Los Angeles /
Dec.December 13, 2018 03:00 PM
From left: Frank Siantra and Marylin Monroe

UPDATED Dec. 14, at 8:34 a.m.: Frank Sinatra must have sung about “Love and Marriage” in this Chatsworth pad.

A property once rented by the Sultan of Swoon — and where Marilyn Monroe was rumored to have carried on her affair with John F. Kennedy — is being shopped around for $12.5 million, according to a listing from the Agency.

Located above the Chatsworth Reservoir, the Mid-Century Modern style home features seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms. Amenities include four fireplaces, a guest house, pool cabana and sweeping views of the San Fernando Valley.

Marketing materials also tout the possibility of building another structure on the 7-acre lot. The agriculture zoning also allows for a vineyard on the site.

Dora Hutchinson, heiress to the Chase Manhattan Bank fortune, commissioned the late architect William Pereira to design the home in 1949. The socialite also hosted lavish parties at the site, attracting celebrities like Lucille Ball and Judy Garland.

Property records link the home to an individual named Richard Wolfen, president of Rock Asset Management, a Los Angeles-based real estate asset management firm.

Sinatra rented the home for nearly a decade, starting in the early 1950s. He then sublet the guest house to Marilyn Monroe. Rumor has it that the property also served as the meeting spot for President Kennedy’s affair with Monroe, Forbes reported.

In recent years, the home has served as a filming location for films and TV shows, including “Dreamgirls” and “Mad Men,” with production companies paying as much as $25,000 a day to use the property, according to Mansion Global.

The property has been on and off the market for several years. It most recently listed at $7.5 million in 2015.

Craig Knizek and Barrie Livingstone at the Agency have the listing.


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