An estate in Los Angeles' Toluca Lake area that Bing Crosby once owned and occupied -- and that Andy Griffith and Jerry Van Dyke later owned -- has come on the market for $10,000,000.
In a Big Time Listings exclusive, we can report on the listing of the house, which is at 10500 Camarillo Street in Toluca Lake. The estate, which came on the market on May 7, is the highest-priced listing in Toluca Lake by a wide margin. We have actually written about this estate before, back in April 2007, when we gave our readers a round-up of sorts of celebrity properties in Toluca Lake.
The estate consists of a 7,132-square-foot main, Southern Colonial-style mansion with six bedrooms, five and a half baths, five fireplaces, a chef's gourmet kitchen, a large formal dining room, a grand living room with a marble fireplace, a billiard room and den with a wet bar, hardwood floors throughout, and a master suite with a deluxe marble bath with a steam shower and a spa tub, according to public records and listing information. Outdoor features on the 1.91-acre (83,347-square-foot) property include manicured lawns; rose gardens; lush landscaping; many fruit trees; a championship tennis court with a gazebo and grandstands; an Olympic-sized swimming pool with a separate in-ground spa; an outdoor fireplace with a Viking barbecue; a cabana with a kitchen, two and a half baths, two changing rooms and a steam shower; and a separate guest house with two bedrooms, two full baths, a separate kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, a living room and a gym, according to public records and listing information.
Crosby did indeed live on this property in Toluca Lake (before he moved to his mansion on Mapleton Drive in Los Angeles' Holmby Hills area, which was of course torn down to make way for Aaron and Candy Spelling's monstrous 52,503-square-foot mansion, which now is on the market for a staggering $150,000,000), and he built the guts of what stands there now in 1936. However, the house burned down on January 3, 1943 from a fire that was caused by Christmas lights, of all things, and Crosby subsequently sold the estate and the charred remains of the house for $15,000. Our good friend E.J. tells us that other celebs who since have lived on the rebuilt estate have included Mickey Dolenz, Andy Griffith and Jerry Van Dyke. In fact, Griffith had owned it from the 1970s until the 1990s, and subsequent owner Van Dyke sold it for close to $1,930,000 in 1997 to the estate's current owners, according to a December 1997 column by the Los Angeles Times' Ruth Ryon. The current owners, who are big fans of Crosby, are not celebrities.
Check out an online listing sheet for the estate -- complete with photos -- here.