Bette Davis’s Onetime Oceanfront Hideaway Hits the Market for $20 Million
The late Oscar winner lived at the six-bedroom Laguna Beach property during the height of her fame
Hollywood icon Bette Davis was one of the most revered actresses in the world, garnering two Academy Awards and a host of other accolades during her five-decade career. In the late 1940s, when the Jezebel star was at the height of her fame, she found solace in her Laguna Beach hideaway, perched on a bluff about 50 miles south of Los Angeles.
Now, the revamped French Normandy–style dwelling has hit the market for just shy of $20 million. Built in 1929, the 5,500-square-foot retreat is where the late screen legend lived with her third husband, William Grant Sherry, and their baby daughter, Barbara, from 1947-50. Accessed via a private courtyard, the white stucco–clad main house is equipped with four bedrooms and a unique “Lookout Room” with breathtaking ocean vistas. There’s also an updated kitchen, exposed ceiling beams, radiant-heat floors, and stained-glass windows that were reportedly installed by Davis.
Downstairs features a home gym, bar, media room, and wine cellar. Adjoining the courtyard is a two-bedroom guest cottage that comes with its own a private apartment. Set on about a third of an acre, the property also comes with direct beach access via private staircase, a dining terrace outfitted with a grill, and multiple spots to sunbathe while overlooking the Pacific.
The home is listed with John Cain of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. See more photos below.