It’s not everyday that a home of a beloved actress goes up for sale. The late Estelle Getty, who starred as matriarch Sophia Petrillo, Dorothy’s mother on the iconic show The Golden Girls, first bought the home at 1240 N. Wetherly Drive in 1994 and lived there until 2001. The current owners who are listing the property have lived there for 20 years thoughtfully updated and restored every inch of the home to perfection.
The estate was first built in 1948 and is located in the private Lower Doheny Estates gated property, which is surrounded by lush greenery. It has five bedrooms and four bathrooms and spans 4,356 square feet. Situated far from the street, the home features a double-gated driveway, a pedestrian walkway and 12-foot hedging to keep prying eyes at bay. The private property extends 300 feet and features a manicured front lawn, six-car parking and an attached two-car garage.
A historic estate such as this, and in such a coveted area, rarely hits the market. Future homeowners will be impressed by its many amenities, including a 1,700-bottle wine cellar on the lower level, airy office suite, outdoor dining areas, a second grassy lawn, a Hollywood-style pool, dog run, vegetable garden, gas barbecue and covered outdoor entertaining area near the pool. The outdoor entertainment area also comes with a service bar, sink, refrigerator and built-in cabinets. There are also multiple patios around the pool, a brick-paved dining area and rear balcony. Mature trees tower over the spacious backyard, ideal for families and animals to enjoy.
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The home features beautiful tiling, fireplaces, large windows and updated kitchen and bathroom amenities, plus a home theater setup and built-in speakers. There are two fireplaces, both with antique mantles. The mantle in the step-down living room in particular includes an imported 1800s French marble mantle. The immaculate details feel endless in each room. The kitchen has Jerusalem limestone floors with rare Brazilian granite counters, as well as a walk-in pantry and attached laundry room. The rooms can be transformed into second bedrooms, or even homes, assistant areas or private offices. No matter which room you’re in, natural light abounds at every turn.
The bedrooms are located at separate wings of the house to enhance privacy for all members of the family or their guests. However, the principal bedroom is the most fabulous. The room has vaulted ceilings, a cedar-lined walk-in closet and French doors, which open into the backyard. There is also a beautifully spacious bathroom with a steam shower, spa-style tub and heated limestone floor.
The Los Angeles property comes at just under half an acre and is ensconced by greenery, ideal for Californians who seek a private sanctuary to live. It is also ideal for entertaining, with its several outdoor areas and two spacious lawns. There is plenty of security here, as well. In addition to being double-gated, cameras also ensure peace of mind.
It is listed by Aileen Comora and Paul Lester of The Agency.