Marilyn Monroe’s beloved home is currently on the market for $6.9 million, according to toptenrealestatedeals.com. This is the only home that Monroe invested in on her own, which is located on a very private gated half acre.
The 2,624-square-foot house is tucked into green lawns and surrounded by mature landscaping. Built in 1929, it still retains all the beautiful architectural details that made it feel like home to Marilyn. Details include four bedrooms, three baths, cathedral ceilings with wood beams, a fireplace in the living room with Mexican tile surround, casement windows, arched doorways, Saltillo tile floors, a citrus orchard and her famous kidney-shaped swimming pool.
Before passing away in 1962 from a barbiturate overdose, Marilyn told Life Magazine that she didn’t want them to take pictures of the inside of her house because it was important to her to keep it private. She wanted to use the guest house for friends who may be down on their luck and who needed a peaceful place to recover. Monroe originally purchased the house for $75,000 partially furnished, with mortgage payments $320 a month. The home was recently sold in 2010 for $3.85 million.
Outside the home is a tree shaded brick patio overlooking the pool and the original guest house. A poignant arrangement of tiles at the front door proclaims “Cursum Perficio.” Translated, it means “My Journey is Over,” causing many to believe it was an omen for Monroe’s fate. Lisa Optican of Mercer Vine holds the listing for the estate.
As the only home Monroe purchased in her own name, she chose a charming and very private hacienda-style home at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Hollywood’s Brentwood community. She purchased it in the early 1960s after her divorces from New York Yankees star Joe DiMaggio and Pulitzer Prize winning writer Arthur Miller.
Photos courtesy of Lisa Optican/Mercer Vine.