Elizabeth Taylor’s 1950s Beverly Hills Home Is on the Market for First Time in 21 Years

A piece of Elizabeth Taylor’s history is currently being put on the market – for the first time in 21 years. A stunning 2.01-acre Beverly Hills property that the legendary actress and her then-husband, British actor Michael Wilding, purchased in 1953 was recently made available for $15.9 million.

According to pictures provided by Joyce Rey, the broker at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage who is handling the sale, the retreat is just as stunning as it was when it was first built more than 65 years ago.

The residence, which Taylor and Wilding used primarily as an escape from their busy lives in Los Angeles (the home features enviable views of both the city and the ocean), sits behind a highly secure gate that opens onto an expansive front courtyard leading to the 7,761-square-foot main residence, a large carpark, and a separate three-car garage.

Taylor and Wilding reportedly decided to buy the home after literally scaling the fence in order to see it for themselves. Inside, the six-bedroom, seven-bath property offers sweeping views through floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that stretch all along the main sitting areas. Wooden beams line the walls and ceiling of the living room and dining room, which is an update made by the current owners via architect Budd Holden, who designed estates for A-list celebrities like Barbra Streisand and Cher in the 1980s and 1990s.

The master suite is a unique octagonal shape, with a raised octagonal cutout in the ceiling to highlight the layout of the room. It also features a white brick fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lush backyard lawn and swimming pool.

Other features of the home include four fireplaces, a fountain courtyard, an art studio, and a large home office. According to Forbes, Taylor’s studio at the time, MGM, loaned the couple money to buy the home in order to keep her happy; she and Wilding married in 1952 and raised their two sons there in the earlier years of their marriage before they divorced in 1957. At the time of their split, Taylor sold the home.

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