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It may be more than 70 years since the All About Eve star called this imposing oceanfront mansion just south of California’s tony Laguna Beach home, but locals still refer to it as The Bette Davis House.

The two-time Academy Award winner was at the pinnacle of her formidable career when she bought the home in 1947 as an escape from the Hollywood paparazzi, living here until 1950.

Sitting on a bluff overlooking rocky Woods Cove, a five-minute drive south of Laguna, this 5,400-square-foot, six-bedroom French Normandy-style house perches high above the cove, with private-access steps leading to a sandy beach.

Davis was 39 and married to her third husband, artist and former boxer William Grant Sherry, when she purchased the residence.

Bette Davis and her third husband, William Grant Sherry, reading in the living room of their home in Laguna Beach, California, 1947. (Photo by Loomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

Bette Davis and her third husband, William Grant Sherry, reading in the living room of their home in Laguna Beach, California, 1947. (Photo by Loomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)  Photo: Loomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

According to history books, it had been built in 1929 as a summer home for Charles H. Prisk, a wealthy newspaper publisher and owner of the influential Pasadena Star-News and Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Designed by well-known Laguna Beach artist and architect Aubrey St. Clair, the three-story, white-stucco mansion preserved many of the original features from when the actress lived here.

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The living room.  Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

“One of the glass doors leading out to the oceanfront terrace still has the lovely, stained-glass crest featuring the letter “D-for-Davis,” listing agent John Cain, of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, tells Robb Report.   

More prominent is the large, wrought-iron “D” on the home’s towering, oceanside brick chimney. According to Cain, when Davis moved in, it used to be a letter “P” that Charles Prisk had installed. “By replacing it with a “D,” she quickly branded the home as her own,” he says.

Bette Davis home

The kitchen.  Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Features like these helped earn the home a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. While Cain says this limits modifications to the exterior, it does mean tax breaks for owners to help offset restoration and maintenance costs.

According to records, the current owners purchased the property in 2004, paying $13.5 million. Since then, they’ve modernized the eight bathrooms and upgraded the two kitchens.

Bette Davis home

The great room.  Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Turn off Pacific Coast Highway a mile and a half south of Laguna Beach, and follow the hill to Ocean Way and you can’t miss the home’s distinctive, Normandy-style, half-timbered frontage, distinctive green window trim and wood-shingle roof.

A door from the road leads into a private courtyard with a fountain and steps to an outside dining terrace. Inside the main house—there’s a separate guest cottage—the standout feature is the spectacular great room with its intricate, coffered wood ceiling.

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The views from the great room.  Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

The space gives way to the home’s aptly-named “lookout room” with its wall of windows providing uninterrupted views of the crashing Pacific below, and those legendary California sunsets.

Steps away, the home’s elegant living room has a French-style fireplace and soaring, distressed-wood ceiling. From here, a staircase ascends to the third-floor bedroom level and the home’s lovely primary suite, where French doors open on to a private terrace with views of Woods Cove and up and down the Laguna Beach coastline. Romantics will love the suite’s Juliet balcony that overlooks the great room below.

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The cozy sitting room.  Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Back on the first-floor level, you’ll find the family room with its imposing stone fireplace and doors that exit onto a sunny, beach-overlook patio. The bar area has an ornate stained-glass ceiling. On this level there’s also a wine cellar, a fitness room and another bedroom.

The self-contained, two-bedroom guest cottage has its own kitchen and a breezy, beach-house feel.

Bette Davis home

The primary bedroom suite opens to a private terrace.  Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

“Of course the Bette Davis connection is a big part of the home’s appeal,” says Sotheby’s Cain. “But what is so special about the property is its prized location and that direct beach access.”

1991 Ocean Way is listed with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty for $19.995 million. Take a 3-D tour here.

Bette Davis home

The wine cellar.  Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Bette Davis home

The family room.  Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Bette Davis home

The bar.  Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

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Another bedroom.  Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Bette Davis home

Many details from Davis’ era have been preserved.  Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Bette Davis home

The deck overlooking the ocean.  Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Bette Davis home

Views from the patio go up and down the coastline.  Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Bette Davis home

The guest cottage.  Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Bette Davis home

The house perches over a cove.  Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Bette Davis home

A private staircase leads down to the beach.  Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Bette Davis and her third husband, William Grant Sherry, boating near their home in Laguna Beach, California, 1947. (Photo by Loomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

Bette Davis and her third husband, William Grant Sherry, boating near their home in Laguna Beach, California, 1947. (Photo by Loomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)  Photo: Loomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

 

  

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A $60 Million Laguna Beach Mansion Could Break the Area’s Price Record

A mansion on Laguna Beach’s Abalone Point, an exclusive community sitting on a peninsula that juts into the Pacific Ocean, is coming to market for $60 million. If it sells for that price, the home would be the most expensive residential property ever sold in California’s Orange County, according to listing agent Andy Stavros of Douglas Elliman.

Mr. Stavros said the sellers were approached with several unsolicited offers for the property last year, but the owners had no interest in selling at that time. When interest picked up during the coronavirus lockdown, they decided it was time to list. "The overwhelming demand fueled the owners’ desire to list the home for sale, and helped determine our asking price," Mr. Stavros said.

The roughly 13,000-square-foot bluff-front home is one of 12 on Abalone Point, situated in the Irvine Cove area of Laguna Beach. Other owners on the point include Sue Gross, ex-wife of bond king Bill Gross, and Brendan Iribe, co-founder of Oculus VR, records show.

The stone property faces the ocean and has six en-suite bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, limestone floors imported from France, handcrafted millwork and cabinetry, an elevator and multiple fireplaces, according to the listing agent. The entryway has 22-foot ceilings, rows of windows and a floor-to-ceiling fireplace surround.

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There is also a home theater, an ocean-view two-lane bowling alley, a billiards room, an office, an outdoor infinity pool, fire pits and a formal dining room that opens onto a courtyard. There are roughly 4,500 square feet of outdoor decks.

The seller is a company tied to real-estate investor John M. McPherson, records show.

Mr. Stavros said Mr. McPherson and his family did a massive renovation, upgrading some of the property’s systems and adding some of the recreational amenities. Mr. McPherson declined to comment.

The most expensive property ever sold in Orange County was a Newport Beach estate that sold for $55 million in 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported. The seller was the family of the late Kathryn Wheeler, a descendant of James Irvine. Mr. Irvine and his partners pieced together the roughly 100,000-acre Irvine Ranch, a swath of land that represents roughly 1/fifth of present-day Orange County.

Abalone Point also has a connection to the Irvines. The point was originally designated for the Irvine family members, Mr. Stavros said.


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Historic Laguna Beach Mansion!

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One of Southern California’s most historic properties, Villa Rockledge, originally known as Mariona, was built in 1918 by Frank Miller, the developer of the Mission Inn in Riverside as a wedding gift to his second wife, Marion, for whom it was originally named. He brought his architect to Laguna Beach when it was first being developed and had him design a home along the order and style of the Mission Inn on a cliff overlooking its own 120-foot private beach and the Pacific. During its early days, a number of Hollywood stars spent time at the home including Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Errol Flynn and Bette Davis, who met her third husband, William Grant Sherry, there in the mid 1940s.

In 1973, after years of neglect, new owners bought the property and began painstakingly restoring Mariona to its former elegance, later changing the name to Villa Rockledge. In 1984, it was added to the National Registry of Historic Places by the State of California and the U.S. National Park Service. The home has breathtaking panoramic views from practically every room including some closets and bathrooms. One of the former owners, Roger Jones, is a noted author and historian and has published a number of works about the history of the home and the Laguna Beach area.

With an overall total of 12 bedrooms and 11 baths, the estate is comprised of the main house with five bedrooms, four villas and two attached guest rooms encompassing 8,065 square feet of living space spread over a half acre. Designed in the Mediterranean style, the buildings have old-world feel through the use of stucco, stone, red-tile roofs and massive ceiling beams all opening to the vast ocean views. Lushly planted hidden gardens and vine-covered walls, courtyards and pathways create a magical invitation to explore the grounds with steps leading down to a private cove beach with a tide pool.

Villa Rockledge, Laguna Beach trophy beach estate, is on the market fully restored with updated technology, priced at $27 million. Co-listing agents are Azita Sadeghi of Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Laguna Beach and Josh and Matthew Altman of The Altman Brothers in Beverly Hills.

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