The storied hacienda-style oasis was also once home to “Frankenstein” actor Boris Karloff.
Tucked behind walls of thick greenery, away from prying eyes, sits a Beverly Hills abode that has been enchanting celebrity buyers since the early years of Hollywood. Katharine Hepburn, one of the original leading ladies, resided at the property for several years when she first moved to Hollywood in the early 1930s. Hepburn then sold the property to Frankenstein actor Boris Karloff, also known as William Henry Pratt, who nurtured and expanded the lush landscape until moving on in the mid-1940s. Over half a century later, the property is still exchanging hands and was recently placed back on the market once again.
The single-story residence is larger than it appears at first glance, with wings that branch out to create nearly 5,000 square feet of living space. Such a design allows extensive natural light to reach nearly every room in the home while providing most spaces with direct access to the property's many patios and the backyard pool. The terra-cotta-tiled roof and white-washed brick facade also creates a charming backdrop for the property's many stone walkways and tropical plantings.
Inside, exposed timber beams, Spanish mosaic tiles, and antique chandeliers add up to an old-world, lived-in feel for the five-bedroom house. While some finishes have been modernized, much of the structure's original charm remains intact. Keep scrolling to see more of this historic, celebrity-studded property, which is currently listed for $8,995,000.