While it’s true that money can’t buy you class, it can buy you a very classy house. One prime example: this Georgian Colonial Revival time capsule in Holmby Hills designed by Paul R. Williams in 1938.
On the market for the first time in 64 years, the home was commissioned by Marrie Shuwarger, a Russian-born maker of womenswear, for himself and his family. During the 1940s, it was owned by Ronald Reagan and Oscar-winning actress Jane Wyman, who continued to live there after the couple’s divorce in 1949.
Last year, the property logged another claim to fame when it played the role, or at least its exterior did, of Joan Crawford’s Brentwood mansion in FX’s hit miniseries Feud. Its selection for the part is certainly understandable, given the high visual impact of the home’s front entry, with its semi-circular driveway, sculpted hedges, swans-neck pediment and deep oval windows.
Past the front door, more drama awaits in the form of an oval foyer featuring parquet wood floors and a grand, curving staircase accented with a theatrical wrought iron railing.
On the 6,153-square-foot home’s ground floor, you’ll find a reception hall, sun room, living room, formal dining room, kitchen, and wood-paneled family room, complete with wet-bar.
There are four bedrooms upstairs, including the giant master suite, which, per the listing, “comprises the entire southern side of the second floor.” Notable features throughout include high ceilings, crown moldings, wainscoting, French doors, and casement windows.
The .41-acre grounds contain formal gardens, a swimming pool, and a dining pavilion with outdoor fireplace.
Asking price is an even $7 million. Open house is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
- 333 S Beverly Glen [Coldwell Banker]