There’s good news for those of you looking for a spiffy new home with $4.95 million to spare; a home once owned by none other than Count Dracula has gone on sale. Sadly, those hoping to buy a Gothic castle atop a grey, crumbling mountain will be slightly disappointed, for 2260 Maravilla Drive is actually quite bright and welcoming.
Not only does this property boast such luxuries as a double-sided fireplace, a courtyard and a swimming pool, it also has quite an interesting history in terms of former owners.
This Los Angeles house began development in the nineteenth century, and a previous owner was Bela Lugosi, famous for playing the title role in Dracula, who moved in in the 1930’s. Lugosi lived in this home for a decade, until it became the property of actress Martha O’Driscoll, who, surprisingly enough, starred in House of Dracula.
The house’s next owner, however, is even more surprising. None other than the ‘Sultan of Swoon’ himself, Frank Sinatra. It was where he lived with the first of his three wives, Ava Gardner, and it was the first home they lived in together.
If one had the money for this type of place, how could they resist a property with connections to two tremendous stars? And with its location, overlooking the city, and in close proximity to other celebrity homes like those of Ben Stiller and Salma Hayek, and with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, it is a property truly fitting for a celebrity lifestyle. It was last sold in May 2012 for approximately $1 million.
Other properties owned by Lugosi and Sinatra have recently been on sale too. Lugosi’s Castle La Paloma (sadly not the type of castle Bram Stoker wrote about) in Beachwood Canyon was on sale for $4.17 million. Sadly, it’s no longer available, but Sinatra’s New York penthouse is still being sold for $4.9million.
Gareth Paul Barsby