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Bette Davis’s onetime home has hit the market for $20 million.
Photo: Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

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

Bette Davis and her third husband, William Grant Sherry, boating near their home in Laguna Beach, California, 1947. Photo: Loomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

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.

Built in 1929, the 5,500-square-foot retreat is where the screen legend lived with her third husband, William Grant Sherry, and their baby daughter, Barbara. Photo: Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

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.

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The home is listed with John Cain of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. See more photos below. 

The revamped living room features exposed ceiling beams. Photo: Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

The remodeled kitchen has marble countertops. Photo: Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

A bedroom features a private terrace. Photo: Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

One of the baths. Photo: Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

The Lookout Room. Photo: Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Cover: Bette Davis’s onetime home has hit the market for $20 million.
Photo: Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

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