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The former home of screen legend Greta Garbo has hit the market for $12 million.
Photo: Charmaine David Photography

Greta Garbo’s Onetime Beverly Hills Estate Lists for $12 Million

Designer Nicole Sassaman reimagined the 1930s hilltop home, which features sweeping views of the Los Angeles skyline

The home comes with a pool and spa. Photo: Charmaine David Photography

Famously private Hollywood star Greta Garbo once presided over this secluded Beverly Hills estate, which just hit the market for $12 million.

Built in the 1930s for the Oscar-nominated actress and her then-boyfriend, conductor Leopold Stokowski (best known for his appearance in Disney’s Fantasia), the six-bedroom Aztec adobe home is set on a hilltop parcel in the ritzy Beverly Crest enclave and boasts sweeping views of Los Angeles.

After a series of other tenants (including actor Tab Hunter), designer Nicole Sassaman undertook an extensive overhaul in 2006, renovating and more than doubling the estate’s interior space to its present 4,700-square-foot size. She accomplished this by adding a second story and pushing out the rear of the home toward the spectacular vistas. Large windows were also added, replacing the diminutive ones favored by Garbo, who was known to entertain Hollywood elite at the cloistered dwelling.

"The first time I saw the house, I couldn't believe that it had been sitting in such a poor state for so long," Sassaman told Elle Decor in 2009. Photo: Charmaine David Photography

Best of all, Sassaman added an infinity-edge pool and spa to the terrace. “Because the home is positioned on the edge of a hillside, the pool had to be built on the hill slope in order to create the illusion that the house was sitting on water,” she told Elle Decor, which published the renovation in 2009. “The pool was much more difficult to do than the home itself; yet when the infinity knife-edge pool appears to drop off into the city—wow!”

The home is listed with Mark Mintz at Compass. See more images below.

The entry hall. Photo: Charmaine David Photography

The living area of Greta Garbo’s former estate. Photo: Charmaine David Photography

Designer Nicole Sassaman undertook a total renovation in 2006. Photo: Charmaine David Photography

The curved fireplace in Garbo’s original main bedroom was retained in the renovation. Photo: Charmaine David Photography

The primary suite on the second floor opens to a terrace with spectacular views. Photo: Charmaine David Photography

The infinity-edge pool and spa. Photo: Charmaine David Photography

A grassy terrace overlooks Los Angeles. Photo: Charmaine David Photography

Cover: The former home of screen legend Greta Garbo has hit the market for $12 million.
Photo: Charmaine David Photography

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