However, those who’ve lived in the neighborhood for decades have tales to tell of America’s most glamorous movie star and her second husband, New York Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio. The celebrity couple were seen in the home before and during their brief marriage in 1954.
According to Baddin, one neighbor says she remembers the star couple living in the home, which is now on the market for $2.7 million.
Confirming these stories is an authenticated check, written by Monroe herself, for a $237.82 rental payment on the property. That check was auctioned off for $1,000 in 2015 with the following description:
“Marilyn Monroe signed this check in blue ballpoint pen. The check pertained to her lease at 2393 Castilian Drive, a home she shared with Joe DiMaggio. Marilyn moved into the house on December 15, 1952, when she was seeing Joe DiMaggio and he was still married. He became a permanent feature there inviting friends over for meals while Marilyn was beginning to learn to cook, trying to show Joe how she was settling down.”
Monroe and DiMaggio married in 1954, but rumors of relationship problems plagued them before they finished their honeymoon in Japan. They divorced in October of that same year, just 274 days after tying the knot.
The kitchen has been remodeled a number of times since Monroe learned to cook there, but the room’s stunning views the couple enjoyed still remain.
“You feel like you’re living in the Italian Riviera, with vistas of the canyons and hills that are reminiscent of the beautiful Amalfi Coast,” says Baddin.
Original features include the vaulted wood-beam ceilings, a tile roof, plaster walls with arched doorways, tile floors, and balconies and terraces. All of those elements contribute to the Mediterranean aesthetic, according to the agent.
The house measures 3,335 square feet and has four bedrooms and 4.5 baths. It sits on almost an acre of land, which is quite sizable for this historic neighborhood in the hills north of Hollywood Boulevard.
Baddin says in the 1970s a grotto-style pool and spa were added out back, positioned to appear wedged into the cliff side , another detail reminiscent of the hills of Italy.
“It’s quite an enchanting home,” says Baddin, who adds that many of the same features that attracted Monroe and DiMaggio in the ’50s can still be appreciated by a buyer today.
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