Old Hollywood was the epitome of glamor. The Golden Age stars from the '20s to the '50s captured the world's imagination with their palatial residences, decadent party pads, and secluded ranches. Their way of living seemed unattainable to mere mortals, as befitted entities most often perceived as silver shadows on a movie screen.
In truth, the homes of the stars aren't always out of reach - though it admittedly depends on what your definition of "in reach" is. It's true that star homes are unlikely to be as cheap as some historical figures' houses, but prices in the $1-$3 million range are not uncommon, putting them within the grasp of folks who are merely "well off," not ultra-rich.
As for the rest of us? Well, we'll always have Google Street View - at least, as long as the hedges aren't too high.
This Hoboken row house looks pretty run-of-the-mill, until you realize that a young Frank Sinatra lived here while a high school student. He was still living here when, in 1938, he was arrested on a charge of "seduction" and a famous mug shot was taken.
The Hoboken house went on the market in January 2018, and sold in June 2019 for $1.68 million.117Worth it?
The acclaimed actor's first house in Hollywood, which he purchsed in the 1950s, was the site of many an industry party. The house, built in 1939, features, among other idiosyncracies, a bookshelf-triggered secret room. Subsequent owners included David Carradine and Frank Zappa.101Worth it?
Carole Lombard's husband Clark Gable sometimes stayed at this sprawling Palm Springs home on West Chino Drive. Over 3,000 square feet in size, it also features a sizeable swimming pool.
The house listed in September 2014 for $2.195 million.85Worth it?
The star of From Here to Eternity and A Place in the Sun lived here from 1960 to 1966, the final years of his life. It's rumored that Marilyn Monroe would drop in from time to time.
The Upper East Side townhouse became available to rent in September 2016, at a mere $35,000 per month.67Worth it?