Judy Garland's Bel-Air Residence Hitting the Market for $7.1 Million (Exclusive)
A traditional brick Bel-Air home once owned by the late Judy Garland is hitting the market for $7.1 million about a year after trading hands for $5.2 million.
The property is being sold by philanthropist Stephanie Booth Murray, who acquired it Feb. 24, 2011, and has embarked on a thorough renovation of the five-bedroom residence. She is the great-great granddaughter of General Harrison Gray Otis, the first editor of the Los Angeles Times and founder of the Times Mirror Co. in 1884.
Famed Southern California architect Wallace Neff designed the Stone Canyon Road residence for Garland in 1938 -- the same year the actress was cast as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. The property will be listed this week, said agent Hugh Evans of brokerage Partners Trust, who represents Murray and will have the listing.
Evans represented the undisclosed seller when Murray acquired the 5,513-square-foot residence last year and said that at the time, the property's Hollywood history piqued the interest of several prospective buyers. Garland moved into the five-bedroom house in 1939 and lived at the property for nearly a decade with her mother. Later, it was rented to both Quincy Jones and the late Marvin Gaye.
"It surprised me last time -- how much that [history] meant to people who were looking at the house," Evans said. "Everybody likes a house with some sort of pedigree."
The Stone Canyon house also has architectural pedigree: Neff designed notable Los Angeles residences such as Pickfair, the house of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, and properties for Groucho Marx, Cary Grant and others.
Features of the 2.5-acre property include a swimming pool, cabanas and writers’ cabin in the backyard. Evans said that during Murray's ownership tenure, the property's landscaping has been redone, in addition to upgrades to the residence's mechanical systems.
Evans said that Murray bought the property to live at it during the renovation of her other Los Angeles-area residence.
A number of notable L.A.-area listings have hit the market in recent weeks. They include the Bel-Air house of former UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel (listed for $4.995 million), a Bel-Air residence previously owned by Merv Griffin ($6.995 million), and the Hidden Hills estate of of Miramax Films co-owner Ron Tutor ($9.995 million).
Tutor's Hidden Hills estate had recently been home to Britney Spears, who until roughly two months ago was renting the 3.4-acre property. Tutor is also CEO of construction firm Tutor Perini Corp.
The construction magnate's primary residence is in tony Beverly Park, and "there's no real point that he hold onto" the seven-bedroom Hidden Hills estate on Ashley Ridge Road any longer, said daughter Tracy Maltas, a Partners Trust agent who has the listing.
Tutor listed the roughly 19,000-square-foot residence -- which includes a tennis court, lake and swimming pool -- in January 2010 for nearly $19 million, but the recession made it a tough sell, Maltas said.
(Below: Tutor's Ashley Ridge Road estate.)