Vacation Retreat of Marilyn Monroe and Other Stars for Sale

Home Exterior: Lake Arrowhead Hilltop House

Photo by: Zillow Live where acting royalty of yesteryear stayed. Old Hollywood stars including Marilyn Monroe, Rock Hudson and Cary Grant vacationed at Hilltop, Lake Arrowhead, Calif.’s most-valued lakefront estate. The 3.85-acre, 15,000-square-foot waterfront compound has a gatehouse, detached caretakers’ quarters and five accessory buildings on its sprawling grounds.

A piece of Old Hollywood history is up for grabs: Known as “Hilltop,” this waterfront estate in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., served as a vacation getaway for Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Rock Hudson and other silver screen icons.

Built in 1927, the 3.85-acre compound consists of nearly 50 rooms in all, including a voluminous great room, a library, a craft room, a sun-drenched conservatory and 10 bedrooms, each with a unique name based on the room’s ceiling design. Monroe’s personal bungalow – known as The Happy Hut – has been preserved. You can practically feel the Old Hollywood glamour emanating from the walls of this estate.

A variety of other amenities are spread throughout the home’s lush grounds: a tennis court, a gate house, four boat docks, an outdoor kennel and a state-of-the-art car/motorcycle restoration and display area. The residence is listed for $14.8 million, increased from its previous asking price of $9.975 million.

About the House

Sunroom: Lake Arrowhead Hilltop House
  • Location: Lake Arrowhead, Calif.
  • Listed By: David Vail of Corcoran Group of California Inc.
  • Price: $14,800,000



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