Can views sell this $2.995M home on John Barrymore's old Hollywood estate?

It sits on property that once belonged to John Barrymore, an early 20th century movie star and grandfather to actress Drew Barrymore

It sits on property that once belonged to John Barrymore, an early 20th century movie star and grandfather to actress Drew Barrymore.

This 1,936 square-foot property nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains has a connection to Old Hollywood actor and Drew Barrymore’s grandfather, John Barrymore. But the listing agents think its views are the primary selling feature.

The view of downtown Los Angeles. (Photo credit: Michael Nourmand)

The home, which is being listed by Nourmand and Associates, sits on land that was once part of Barrymore’s seven-acre estate, which includes a 7,000 square-foot main residence that was famous for an aviary that held up to 500 birds, an opium den and tavern that were the backdrop for Barrymore’s infamous gatherings, and the list of stars who stayed at the residence, including Marlon Brando and Katherine Hepburn.

After the actor died in 1942, the family began selling off parcels of land, shrinking the estate to one acre. According to public records, the new owner bought the 5,285-square-foot lot in 1956 and began building the 1,936 square-foot property that sits there today.

The covered patio and pool are perfect for outdoor parties. (Photo credit: Michael Nourmand)

The two-bedroom, three-bathroom home is a mid-century modern design with features such as vaulted and beamed living room ceilings, striking glass walls and sliding doors, and stone fireplaces. The home also provides plenty of room for entertainment with a large kitchen and living room space that leads directly to an outdoor pool and covered patio.

While these features are guaranteed to bring in buyers, co-listing agent Adam Sires said he thinks the unadulterated view of downtown Los Angeles and Century City will seal the deal.

“The grounds and immaculate views throughout enhance the property’s allure, and the historical elements make it stand out beautifully,” he said in a statement.

Micheal Nourmand, who has teamed with Sires to sell the property, says they’re using a mixture of traditional and digital strategies to market the home that includes a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times along with a feature in the newspaper’s Hot Properties section, a broker’s open and open house, and Instagram video walkthroughs.

“This property is not only striking, but gives the future owner a chance to own a piece of history,” Nourmand added.

Note: The headline for this story has been updated to the listing’s current price, which was dropped from $3.249 million.

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