Inside Celebrity Homes: Get to Know Sonny and Cher’s Former Estate – The Owlwood Estate in Los Angeles’s Holmby Hills neighborhood, once the former home of Sonny Bono and Cher, is back on the market for $180 million, twice as much as what it was purchased for just last year. At the time of last year’s sale, when it was bought for $90 million, the Owlwood Estate was the second largest sale in the county’s history.
Sonny and Cher weren’t the only famous faces to live on the property: Marilyn Monroe lived in the guesthouse in the 1940s, and Tony Curtis owned the home before the singing duo did. Originally designed by architect Robert D. Farquhar and built in 1936, the 12,200-square-foot home now sits on more than ten acres of land behind a gated entryway. The foyer is characterized by medium-brown wood from top to bottom, with hardwood floors matching the paneling on the walls and ceiling. An oversize window along the grand staircase offers natural light, giving the room a slight glow.
The wall paneling continues into the living room, where custom crown moldings add dimension to the ceiling. The master bedroom has a lighter approach, with cream carpeting matching the color of the walls. A series of floor-to-ceiling windows give views of the treetops outside, and a fireplace warms up the space. In the backyard, manicured lawns accented with dark pink flowers and high privacy hedges surround a rectangular pool. A covered patio and a poolhouse are also in the backyard.
While the home hasn’t undergone any updates since its September 2016 sale, its interiors may soon receive a renovation. Bob Shapiro of Sturmer Pippin Investments and Woodbridge Luxury Homes have teamed up to create a potential redevelopment plan that would modernize the Italian Renaissance–style property and transform it into an airy resort-like retreat by lightening the paneled walls and adding light-tone herringbone hardwood flooring and slab marble details throughout the home. The renderings are not yet confirmed, but are in the process of being approved.
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