Hancock Park Home of Buster Keaton Sold

 

Former Hancock Park home of Buster Keaton and Norma Talmadge sold. (Photo Nick Springett)

This week the LA Times reported the former home of Buster Keaton and Natalie Talmadge has sold for its asking price of $7.399 million.

According to the listing:

1923 Italian Revival home on one of Hancock Park’s best street.  Former home of Buster Keaton and Natalie Talmadge. Restored with many period details. Grand foyer entry. Huge, step down living room with cast stone fireplace. Banquet sized formal dining room. Chef’s kitchen with butler’s pantry. Romantic master suite with fireplace and double walk-in closets. Spa bath. 3 large family bedrooms. Upstairs laundry. Pool. Library. Office with fireplace. Gym. Wine room. Beautiful outdoor living spaces with mature landscaping. Guest apartment. 3 car garage. Gated, hedged, very private.

The LA Times reported:

The two-story Italian Revival estate was built in 1923, the same year the couple made the movie “Our Hospitality.” An arched doorway opens to a grand foyer with a period chandelier and a wrought-iron staircase.

The 6,502 square feet of living space includes a formal dining room, a center-island kitchen, a wine room and a guest house for a total of five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Fireplaces anchor the living room, master suite and office.

The nearly half an acre of grounds contain a pergola, a swimming pool and a spa.

Keaton, who died in 1966 at the age of 70, was a silent film-era icon who made the transition to sound and television. He starred in “Sherlock Jr.” (1924), “The General” (1926) and “Spite Marriage” (1929).

Keaton and Talmadge married in 1921. That same year, she starred in the films “The Haunted House” and “The Passion Flower.” She died in 1969 at 73.

Vanessa Sandin of Hilton & Hyland was the listing agent, and Lisa Hutchins of Coldwell Banker the buyer, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

About Patricia Lombard

Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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