Privately tucked away behind its gated wall and overlooking the canyon, the 1927 Spanish-style house has undergone an elegant transformation since Dean’s time while retaining and highlighting its original architectural features. Sited on a double lot, the 4,000-square-foot house includes three bedrooms, four baths, sunroom, chef’s kitchen with marble countertops and Viking appliances that are open to the dining room. White walls are a foil for the dark hardwood floors, beamed ceilings and views of the green landscape through large arched windows and ceiling-to-floor glass walls filling the home with cheerful light. Dean’s quarters were on the lower level, which include a living area with fireplace, an en-suite guest room, terrace and private entrance. Grounds have a stone pathway through the foliage and mature trees leading to an outdoor dining area, pool and spa. Perfect for entertaining, the house was considered a party hub of the film industry during the 1950s.
Brooding, sullen and with the promise of mystery behind his oftentimes menacing stare, James Dean was the personification of the troubled youth of the mid 1950s just when teenagers were first beginning to rebel against society’s staunch up-tight morality. Dean made only three films, all in the same year at the age of 24, but they were so powerful they remain top classics today.
After the completion of his last scene in 'Giant,' while on the way to race his new Porsche 550 Spyder in Salinas, Calif. in 1955, he was killed in a wreck at a highway intersection. He was only 24 and of the three films he had only seen 'East of Eden' as the others had not yet been released.
Priced at $3.995 million, the listing agent for the former James Dean rental is Eric Lavey of The Agency, Beverly Hills.
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