Big happenings lately with the Bob and Delores Hope estate: days after the couple's furnishings and memorabilia were put up for auction—the 350-page catalog PDF, brimming with lucite tables and floral rattan chairs, is right this way—the Bob Hope estate in L.A. County's Toluca Lake has hit the listings asking $27.5M. From the 50 pixel-crumbled listing photos, it's clear that this particular SoCal behemoth tells a completely different story than the late entertainer's modernist Palm Springs spread, with 5.16 acres of lawn sprinkled with a 14,876-square-foot main house, a two-bedroom guesthouse, staff quarters, offices, an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and, per the listing, a "1-hole golf course."
The original English Traditional main house was designed for Hope in 1939, so this is the first time the manse, designed by Robert Finkelhor and "modernized" in the '50s by Hollywood architecture poohbah John Elgin Woolf, has been on the market. Sure, the interiors are about as dated as one would expect from a man who would now be 110 years old, and, sure, the price no bargain barrel find, but at nearly half the cost of his John Lautner-designed, mushroom-shaped desert manse, on the market asking an eye-watering $50M, it seems likely that some well-heeled Angeleno will be willing to snatch up the place, even if it means gutting it and starting anew.
· 10346 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, Calif. [Redfin via Curbed LA]
· All Bob Hope posts [Curbed National]