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Silver screen icon Greta Garbo’s former Los Angeles home lists for $12M

The adobe-style home was custom built for Garbo at the height of her success in the late 1930s, and was later completely reimagined for modern day living by lauded interior designer Nicole Sassaman.

The former Greta Garbo estate in Beverly Hills
Photo credit: Mark Mintz courtesy of Compass, inset RH Louise, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The former Los Angeles home of one of old Hollywood’s brightest stars has just hit the market.

Greta Garbo’s custom estate in the hills of Beverly Crest, which she once shared with then-boyfriend Leopold Stokowski, is now on the market asking $12,000,000.

The news comes one month after the starlet’s longtime home — a luxurious fifth-floor condo that sits directly above the East River in Manhattan — was also listed for sale.

Custom built for the silver screen legend back in 1937, the trophy property sits high atop a hillside with stunning 180-degree views spanning from downtown Los Angeles to the ocean.

Sporting a distinct adobe-style design with flowing, curved lines, and a stucco facade, Garbo’s former L.A. home was completely reimagined in 2006 by well-known real-estate flipper, designer, and TV host Nicole Sassman.

Greta Garbo's adobe-style house in Beverly Hills
The $12M Beverly Crest property that was once home to actress Greta Garbo. Photo by Mark Mintz courtesy of Compass

The home’s transformation: double the size, double the windows

The silver screen star, best known for her performances in timeless movies like Ninotchka, Anna Christie, and Mata Hari, was notoriously private.

So much so that the architect’s guiding principle when envisioning her Beverly Crest abode was to fulfill Garbo’s most famous wish: “I just want to be left alone.”

He incorporated towering exterior walls in the design and small windows, sacrificing the hilltop lot’s beautiful views in exchange for the elusive starlet’s much-desired privacy. 

But the property has since seen significant changes.

entrance to the property that was once Greta Garbo's house.
Stepping inside the property that was once Greta Garbo’s house. Photo by Charmaine David Photography courtesy of Compass

The estate was reimagined in 2006 by noted designer Nicole Sassman — who also famously owned and revamped the Barbie Penthouse (and wrote a book about it).

“The first time I saw the house, I couldn’t believe that it had been sitting in such a poor state for so long,” Sassman told Elle Decor.

“But I immediately saw how the home could be turned into something really special if I just let its glamorous past guide the renovation.”

Sassman’s renovation project saw the former Greta Garbo estate double in size (it was initially a 2,000-square-foot home, now boasting 4,675 sq. ft. of living space) and turned the boxed-in abode into an open space masterpiece.

A look inside Greta Garbo’s former house in Los Angeles. Photo by Charmaine David Photography courtesy of Compass
A look inside Greta Garbo’s former house in Los Angeles. Photo by Charmaine David Photography courtesy of Compass
A look inside Greta Garbo’s former house in Los Angeles. Photo by Charmaine David Photography courtesy of Compass
A look inside Greta Garbo’s former house in Los Angeles. Photo by Charmaine David Photography courtesy of Compass

Greta Garbo’s house is now a vibrant, light-filled 6-bedroom abode

Today, the property that was once home to one of Hollywood’s most reclusive stars is warm and inviting, with rich woods and thoughtful stonework.

With a total of 6 bedrooms and 6 baths, the glam estate with a 90210 zip code spans 4,675 square feet.

The rooms are grand in scale, with the living areas open and flowing, creating harmony with the home’s spectacular pool and abundant outdoor spaces. 

A look inside Greta Garbo’s former house in Los Angeles. Photo by Charmaine David Photography courtesy of Compass
A look inside Greta Garbo’s former house in Los Angeles. Photo by Charmaine David Photography courtesy of Compass
A look inside Greta Garbo’s former house in Los Angeles. Photo by Charmaine David Photography courtesy of Compass
A look inside Greta Garbo’s former house in Los Angeles. Photo by Charmaine David Photography courtesy of Compass

Heading outside, the home’s spectacular pool and abundant outdoor spaces take full advantage of the highly desirable location and open up to 180-degree views that span from downtown Los Angeles to the ocean.

Outdoor areas and unobstructed views of the former celebrity estate. Photo by Charmaine David Photography courtesy of Compass
Outdoor areas and unobstructed views of the former celebrity estate. Photo by Charmaine David Photography courtesy of Compass
Outdoor areas and unobstructed views of the former celebrity estate. Photo by Charmaine David Photography courtesy of Compass
Outdoor areas and unobstructed views of the former celebrity estate. Photo by Charmaine David Photography courtesy of Compass

The former Greta Garbo estate sits in the coveted Beverly Crest neighborhood in the Santa Monica Mountains, in the Westside area of L.A.

Once dubbed “the balcony” of Beverly Hills, Beverly Crest boasts the ever-desirable 90210 zip code, even though it is actually part of the city of Los Angeles. The area is known for its beautiful homes, stunning views, and privacy.

With a $12 million price tag, Greta Garbo’s house is listed with Mark Mintz of Compass.

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Written by Georgie Mihaila

With a decade-long career as a digital content creator, Georgie started out as a real estate journalist for Multi-Housing News & CPExecutive. She later transitioned into digital marketing, working with leading real estate websites like PropertyShark, RENTCafé and Point2Homes. After a brief but impactful stint in the start-up world, where she led the marketing divisions of fintech company NestReady and media publisher Goalcast, Georgie returned to her first passion, real estate, and founded FancyPantsHomes.com

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