Actress, Singer, Dancer, Model… Diplomat: Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple Black was best known for her work as a child actress, singer, and dancer who starred in many classic Hollywood films in the 1930s. She quit making films at the age of twenty-two and went on to have a successful career as a businesswoman, serving on several corporate and nonprofit boards, and then served as the U.S. Ambassador to both Ghana and the Czech Republic after distinguishing herself as a diplomat within the State Department.
Temple’s former home, a massive, 4,500+ square foot, 7-bed, 7-bath English Tudor located in the flats of Beverly Hills, is up for sale for just over $8.5 million dollars. The home was most recently occupied by the late actor Joe Bologna of My Favorite Year fame, and his wife, the Actress Renne Taylor, best known for playing the mother of Fran Drescher’s character on The Nanny.
It’s a gorgeous home with a serious Hollywood pedigree, and it could be yours if you can come up with the $1.7 million down payment and swing a $45,000 monthly mortgage payment. Read on to take a tour through this celeb’s former Beverly Hills mansion.
The Home in Beverly Hills
This house is definitely Old Hollywood. As mentioned above, it has 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms and is designed in a classic Tudor style, with the exterior beautifully clad in shining white stucco. From the tree-lined street it sits on, the home’s entryway looks like it’s straight out of a Hollywood storybook.
The interior rooms are well appointed in a wide variety of exquisite materials. The entryway and primary living room have an arched, vaulted ceiling decorated with shining silver stars, gleaming hardwood floors, and a beautiful wrought-iron staircase decorated in a star motif. Many of the home’s rooms feature leaded glass windows and leaded glass French doors, with beautiful stained glass skylights in many rooms.
The main floor also features the home’s kitchen and dining room, a wood-paneled family room or library featuring a secret passageway behind a swinging bookcase, and two of the home’s bedrooms.
The upstairs of the home contains the five remaining bedrooms, including a large and elegant master suite, complete with an en-suite bath, featuring a walk-in shower and an elevated whirlpool tub. The master bedroom and two of the other bedrooms overlook the backyard gardens.
The Grounds and Location, Location, Location
The 4,600 square foot home sits on a third of an acre in the flats of Beverly Hills. Near the entry, there is a beautiful fountain tucked neatly into the mature landscaping. Around the back, there are beautiful stands of bamboo, fully grown palm trees, an outdoor bar, and a large in-ground swimming pool.
The home sits on a street surrounded by a collection of many of the most well-known homes in Hollywood history. It’s conveniently located near The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Sunset Strip and within a quick drive of most of the area’s major attractions and amenities.
Truly a Home for Hollywood Royalty
Whether you are in the market for a home with a true Hollywood pedigree or are just looking for a beautiful home in a wonderful and world-famous location, this home has much to recommend it. Given the history of its former owner and most recent occupants, living in such a home is worth the bragging rights, at the very least. Add the location, beautiful grounds, and excellent features to the package and you have a home built for Hollywood royalty.