Brentwood home's celebrity pedigree includes a silent film star and a retired pop singer

By Lauren Beale

Jun 25, 2018 | 6:00 AM

A swimming pool and pool house sit at the back of the mansion. (LA Light Photography | Todd Goodman)

A swimming pool and pool house sit at the back of the mansion. (LA Light Photography | Todd Goodman)

If the name ZaSu Pitts doesn’t ring any bells perhaps the name Linda Ronstadt does. Both the early actress, who made the leap from silent to talking films, and the retired Grammy-winning pop singer are among former owners of a residence in Brentwood listed at $16.25 million.

Like so many other homes with a rich celebrity pedigree, this Traditional-style house dates to the 1930s. Designed by architect to the stars Paul R. Williams, the classic 10,000-square-foot mansion draws heavily from Georgian architecture and takes in canyon, city and mountain views.

(LA Light Photography | Todd Goodman)

(LA Light Photography | Todd Goodman)

 

Former White House designer Michael Smith updated the elegant 10,000 square feet of interiors in keeping with Williams’ vision. Remaining are the signature winding staircase and a secret passageway from the library to the master suite. There are seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

The grounds include a swimming pool and a pool house.

Pitts, who died in 1963 at 69, starred in the silent film “Greed.” With the advent of sound, she worked almost exclusively in comedies, including “Finn and Hattie” (1931), “Blondie of the Follies” (1932) and “Ruggles of Red Gap” (1935).

Ronstadt, 71, enjoyed her heyday starting in the late ’60s with such hits as “Ohh Baby Baby” and “Blue Bayou.”

Jody Fine and Monica Iris Antola of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties are the listing agents.

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Brentwood Park home of former Williams-Sonoma owner lists for $32.5M

Estate belonged to the late Jay McMahan, who headed McMahan’s Furniture

May 22, 2017 09:30AM
By Subrina Hudson

The estate of the late furniture magnate James “Jay” McMahan and his wife Jaqueline has hit the market for a whopping $32.5 million, The Real Deal has learned.

Photo Credit: MLS

Photo Credit: MLS

The couple’s children took over the more than two-acre gated estate on Oakmont Drive after Jaqueline died in January. The home has eight bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a tennis court, a swimming pool and a koi pond. Its square footage wasn’t disclosed. 

Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland has the listing.

McMahan took over his father’s namesake furniture business in 1951, heading the retail chain until it shuttered in 2008. He also purchased Williams-Sonoma in 1978 with partner Howard Lester for $100,000, according to the Los Angeles Times. He served as its director until 2003 and as a director emeritus until his death in 2011.

Jacqueline McMahan co-founded the antique dollhouse and miniature museum Angels Attics in Santa Monica. The museum closed this month, four months after her death, after the building traded hands for $3 million, or $1,107 a square foot, to a private investor, according to a release last week by listing agent T.C. Macker of Coldwell Banker Commercial.

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