New Jersey’s Gloria Crest Estate, Once Home to Hollywood Silent Film Starlet, Now on the Market for $9.9M

Set in Englewood’s posh East Hill neighborhood, this palatial home recently came back to market with a major price cut, going from a $39 million ask down to $9.9 million.

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There’s a certain charm that’s specific to Old Hollywood. And this sprawling estate that used to belong to well-known 1950s actress Gloria Swanson is a fit display of the elegance and sophistication of those times.

The Gloria Crest Estate at 83 N. Woodland Street in Englewood, N.J. was originally brought to market in 2013 with a $39 million ask. It then came dangerously close to hitting the auction block in 2017, and is now back for sale for (just) $9.9 million. That’s a major price cut for the 24,000-square-foot, 8-bedroom mansion built in 1926 and a good sign that a new owner might be in sight. Michelle Pais of Signature Realty New Jersey is the listing agent for the property.

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The former home of Sunset Boulevard‘s Norma Desmond

Unsurprisingly, the Gloria Crest estate was once home to Hollywood royalty in the form of American actress and producer Gloria Swanson, acclaimed silent film star and unforgettable screen presence.

Swanson later moved on to star as the iconic Norma Desmond in 1950’s film noir Sunset Boulevard, a role that earned her an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award win (role soon to be reprised by Glenn Close in the upcoming remake, set to be released this year). She is also known for having a very public affair in the 1920s with Joseph P. Kennedy, none other than the father of President John F. Kennedy.

The Gloria Crest estate, a home fit for royalty

The home traces its history back to Polish blue blood, as it was commissioned by Poland’s Count Stefan de Poniatowski.

The mansion, which lies on a 5-acre site in the prestigious East Hill area of Englewood — just 5 miles away from Manhattan — has 8 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. The Mediterranean-style villa has all the characteristics of a classic Hollywood estate mixed with modern-day amenities like a home theater, a private gym and a home office.

Image credit: Signature Realty New Jersey
Image credit: Signature Realty New Jersey

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Image credit: Signature Realty New Jersey
Image credit: Signature Realty New Jersey

The outdoor space includes expansive patios, an infinity pool, an eight-car garage, as well as a hot tub and cabana overlooking a private lake with waterfalls. An important feature that is a must-have for celebrities is privacy, and this mansion offers plenty of it. The grounds are enclosed by a 10-foot wall and tall, lush trees, and access is possible only through a gated entrance.

Inside the estate, luxury features abound, and you are welcomed by a formal marble entry with a majestic double staircase.

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The estate features a banquet-sized dining room for throwing private but lavish gatherings, and multiple living rooms, one of which includes a beautiful stone fireplace and gilded mouldings. Gloria Crest Estate also includes an opulent, state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen, and a three-room master suite that boasts a separate seating area with a fireplace, as well as an en suite master bath with a fabulous marble tub.

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Written by Ioana Neamt

Experienced writer with a background in real estate and a fondness for soaring skyscrapers and Victorian-style mansions. Also loves fancy homes with crackling fireplaces and views of snowy mountains.

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