British-American comedian and actor Bob Hope, who died in 2003 at the age of 100, had an illustrious and dynamic career in entertainment. What many don’t know, however, is that he also had an impressive real estate portfolio.
One of his iconic homes in 10346 Moor Park on Lake Toluca is now listed for $29 million. The house was built in 1939 for Hope and his wife Dolores, who owned the house for most of their lives. Dolores kept the home until her death in 2011 at the age of 102. The most recent owner and current seller is billionaire philanthropist and investor Ron Burkle, who bought the property for $15 million in 2018 and whose goal was not to demolish the home but to restore and preserve it.
He’s selling it now, and many hope the prospective buyer will keep that legacy in Los Angeles. It was originally designed in the English Traditional style by architect Robert Finkelhor, but in the mid 1950’s the Hopes hired John Elgin Woolf, the father of the Hollywood Regency Style, to refurbish the house with a more contemporary style. Aside from a few modernizations made for today’s buyer such as updated fixtures and quality finishes, the character of the home remains. These include Hope’s oak library and a one-hole golf course designed by himself.
The property has seen some iconic moments, such as when President Nixon landed Marine One on the back lawn so he could play a round of golf at nearby Lakeside Golf Club. “Bob Hope remains to this day the most famous resident Toluca Lake has ever had,” said the agency’s listing agent Kevin Dees. “My favorite feature of the property is the legendary par 3 golf hole designed by Mr Hope himself. The Toluca Lake property was the primary home of the Hope family for decades. Countless dignitaries from around the world, including the Presidents of the United States, have visited the property. I believe this property is at the very top of Mr Hope’s legacy.”
Spread over just over five acres, the property features a six bedroom main house (including two staff bedrooms) and a two bedroom apartment. In total there are 10 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms. The home was certainly ahead of its time, with glass walls overlooking the lush grounds, an open plan living area with a stone fireplace, and private outdoor patios ideal for entertaining or just retreating from the craziness of life.
The estate also features a home theater, gym, steam room, and infrared sauna, as well as Hope’s original office, which was the core of Hope Enterprises’ operations for the duration of the couple’s time on the estate. From here Hope ran his lucrative business and manufacturing operations. To top it all off there is also a four car garage, truck stop, comprehensive security and three electrical entrances.
Burkle has drawn on Art Luna’s landscape design skills to transform the estate’s beautiful grounds. Outdoor facilities include a salt water pool, tennis court, BBQ kitchen and lounge area. There are few iconic homes where you can enjoy a quieter side of the Los Angeles lifestyle — and few homes you could own where a fun-loving icon relaxed and raised his family.
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