Bob Hope's Lavish Toluca Lake Estate Is for Sale
The mansion, an entertainer's dream, was originally built for the Hopes in 1939, and sits on five lush and secluded acres that are surprisingly studio-close.
“We live in Toluca Lake — you should drop in sometime,” Bob Hope was fond of quipping. Now you can do more than that — you can actually move in. But it would help if you have $27,500,000 to spare.
Now that so many of the furnishings from the house have been sold by Julien’s Auctions, Hope's beloved estate in Toluca Lake, just a chip shot away from Lakeside Country Club, has come on the market, represented by Jade Mills Estates. Aside from the estate, the beloved entertainer certainly made his mark on the area, with Bob Hope Drive nearby, and Burbank's Bob Hope Airport less than 10 minutes away.
His elegant property is also less than a five-minute drive from studios like Warner Bros., Disney, NBC and ABC. It's extremely rare for the area, because it comprises four parcels of land totaling approximately 5.16 acres. The walled and gated property includes a guesthouse, staff quarters, staff offices, two pools, sprawling lawns with golf accommodations, and a nearly 15,000-square-foot main house.
The compound was constructed for the Hopes in 1939. The original English traditional-style main house was designed by architect Robert Finkelhor, and then remodeled in the 1950s by architect John Elgin Woolf, who gave the home a more contemporary feel.
Timeless Hollywood elegance remains, however, in the home that has grand double entry doors that lead to a formal reception room and a foyer anchored by a sweeping staircase. The vast formal living room beyond features a large stone fireplace, full bar, walls of glass overlooking the grounds, and a post-and-beam patio that spans the entire back of the manse.
There’s a large office off the foyer, with rich dark-wood built-ins and a fireplace — just think of all the jokes written there! On the main level you'll also find an open family room with a sunken bar, an adjoining billiard room, a large formal dining room, and a chef’s kitchen complete with a huge butcher-block island, breakfast area, silver pantry and large butler’s pantry.
An elevator will take you to the second level, where you’ll find three family bedroom suites, a craft room, a junior master suite and an entire master wing.
That master wing is massive, and includes dual master suites. “His” master has a dressing room, two showers, built-ins, and walls of glass that open to the back terrace, which spans the back of the second level. “His” is connected to “Hers” through a shared study and family room with a fireplace and wet bar. "Her" master suite features vintage green-stained hardwood floors, a sitting room, fireplace, bath and walk-in closet.
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In addition to the main house, there’s a guesthouse with a living room, two bedrooms, two baths and a terrace overlooking the grounds. A separate building houses an indoor swimming pool and spa with a changing room and bath.
But there’s also an outdoor pool on the park-like grounds, as well as rolling lawns with a one-hole golf course with sand trap, manicured gardens including an award-winning rose garden with an arbor walkway and intricately designed paths, an antique greenhouse and a barn-like storage shed.
When the Hopes passed away, it was the end of a Hollywood era, but their legacy lives on in the elegant estate. Here’s hoping the future owners appreciate it, and are able to sincerely say, "Thanks for the memories."