Frank Sinatra’s Legendary Midcentury Hits the Market at $12.5M

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Designed by William Pereira, the storied Byrdview estate is looking for a new owner.

Fans of Frank Sinatra may be familiar with this William Pereira-designed midcentury estate, known as Byrdview, one of the the classic crooner’s homes during the 1950s and '60s. Built in 1949, Byrdview is one of four residential homes designed by the famed midcentury architect, known for his futuristic designs that include the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco.

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An aerial view of Byrdview reveals its perch on seven acres overlooking the valley below. 

An aerial view of Byrdview reveals its perch on seven acres overlooking the valley below. 

Sinatra was said to have hosted lavish parties at the iconic estate, and Marilyn Monroe reportedly lived in the guesthouse at one point. Named one of the most recognized celebrity homes in America, Byrdview has more recently made appearances in TV shows like Mad Men and Californication, and in films like Ali and Dreamgirls. The home even served as the location for two of last year’s Super Bowl commercials.

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Full-height windows provide the living room with lots of natural lighting. A generous fireplace anchors the room. 

Full-height windows provide the living room with lots of natural lighting. A generous fireplace anchors the room. 

Set at the end of an almost mile-long driveway atop a private promontory that overlooks the vast Chatsworth Reservoir nature preserve, the seven-bedroom, nine-bath, 8,161-square-foot home comprises three structures: the main house, a guesthouse, and a pool cabana. Floor-to-ceiling glazing provides a strong connection with the outdoors, and there are spectacular, 360-degree panoramic views of the valley and the surrounding mountain ranges beyond. 

The living room overlooks the swimming pool.

The living room overlooks the swimming pool.

The wood-and-stone bar at the edge of the living room makes for easy entertaining. 

The wood-and-stone bar at the edge of the living room makes for easy entertaining. 

There is even a casual dining area with direct outside access to the pool area. 

There is even a casual dining area with direct outside access to the pool area. 

Sixteen-foot ceilings and glass doors seamlessly connect the living spaces to the outdoors.&nbsp; <font color="#cccccc"><span style="font-size: 13px;">Courtesy of The Agency</span></font>

Sixteen-foot ceilings and glass doors seamlessly connect the living spaces to the outdoors.  Courtesy of The Agency

An additional sitting area is wrapped in warm wood.&nbsp;

An additional sitting area is wrapped in warm wood. 

The spacious, formal dining room features a floating credenza.&nbsp;

The spacious, formal dining room features a floating credenza. 

The second living room offers garden views.&nbsp;

The second living room offers garden views. 

The updated, modern kitchen has plenty of counter space.&nbsp;

The updated, modern kitchen has plenty of counter space. 

The stunning outdoor poolside terrace leads to a 360-degree view.

The stunning outdoor poolside terrace leads to a 360-degree view.

The pool helps the homeowners take advantage of sunny weather.&nbsp;

The pool helps the homeowners take advantage of sunny weather. 

Marilyn Monroe is said to have stayed in the charming guesthouse.&nbsp;

Marilyn Monroe is said to have stayed in the charming guesthouse. 

The guesthouse bedroom is modest and comfortable, with its own fireplace.&nbsp;

The guesthouse bedroom is modest and comfortable, with its own fireplace. 

9361 Farralone Avenue, Chatsworth, California is now being listed for$12,500,000 by Craig Knizek and Barrie Livingstone of The Agency. 

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