Hollywood: The Hollywood Hills honeymoon home that legendary actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe and baseball great Joe DiMaggio rented before and after their short marriage has been sold for $2.727 million, according to property records.
Listed in late December 2018 for $2.695 million, the house sold on Feb. 21 at a premium—$30,000 over the asking price. “There was a bidding war,” said the listing agent, Neal Baddin of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “Three parties came along at the same time.”
He said the buyers, a young couple, are “perfect for the house. She looks like Marilyn Monroe, and he looks like Joe DiMaggio. As soon as they walked in, I said to them, ‘This is your house.’”
Mr. Baddin said the sellers bought the house in July of 2018 for $2.2 million and listed it five months later for $2.695 million with him. “I believe the sellers own another property in L.A. that works better for their lifestyle,” he said. “All the sellers did was paint it, and it brought half-a-million dollars more.”
Built in 1938, the walled and gated Mediterranean-style home is in the Outpost Estates, a luxury area overlooking Runyon Canyon that dates to the 1920s.
The 3,335-square-foot, two-story home’s 18 rooms include four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, a tower room and a living room with a wood-beamed ceiling and access to a terrace that’s used for entertaining. There’s also a two-car garage, a grotto-like pool and spa on the 8,228-square-foot grassy lot.
The new owners could not be reached for comment. The house is part of one of Hollywood’s most romantic (and short-lived) relationships.
DiMaggio, an iconic center fielder for the New York Yankees who was known as The Yankee Clipper and Joltin’ Joe, and Monroe became a hot item in 1952. That same year, Monroe rented the house, according to a canceled check, which went up for auction in 2015.
The year 1954 was a whirlwind one for Monroe. In January, she married DiMaggio; in September she began filming Billy Wilder’s “The Seven Year Itch,” which includes the star-defining scene of her standing on a Manhattan subway grate as the steam blows up her billowy white dress; and in October, only nine months after they vowed never to separate, she filed for divorce from DiMaggio.
Two years later, Monroe walked down the aisle with playwright Arthur Miller. When that relationship ended in 1961, she began seeing DiMaggio again.
In 1962, Monroe died of an overdose of sleeping pills at age 36. For the next 20 years, DiMaggio arranged for roses to be placed on her grave every week. The buyer’s agent, Cristie St. James of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, did not respond to a request for comment.