The Owlwood Estate’s grand public rooms include extensive wood paneling with exceptional period details.
If the wood-paneled walls of Holmby Hills’ largest property could talk, they’d have plenty to say. Known as the Owlwood Estate (141 S. Carolwood Drive), this $115 million mansion has kept Hollywood’s secrets for 87 years. Architect Robert Farquhar built the Italian Renaissance-style home in 1936 for businessman C.H. Quinn, and it has since passed through the hands of Hotel Bel-Air founder Joseph Drown, Hollywood movie mogul Joseph Schenck, Tony Curtis, and Sonny and Cher. The estate witnessed Schenck and Marilyn Monroe’s alleged love affair and housed Sonny and Cher in separate wings after their secret divorce. Perhaps the greatest irony is that its last owner, the now-deceased Roland Arnall, founded Ameriquest, the mortgage lender involved in America’s housing meltdown. So who’s next in line to live at Owlwood? Whoever it is inherits a priceless piece of history. Listed by Linda May and Drew Fenton, Hilton & Hyland; Jade Mills, Coldwell Banker
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