Bette Davis may be Hollywood royalty, but during her lifetime, the Death on the Nile star owned properties outside of Tinseltown to which she could escape. One house, in Maine, hit the market a few years ago, and now, her Laguna Beach, California, home is listed for just under $20 million.
The six-bedroom, five-full- and three-half-bathroom French Normandy estate in Orange County was built in 1929, and features a white stucco exterior, green trim around the windows, and a shingled roof. Perched directly above the beach, this place offers gorgeous ocean views from numerous terraces and even has a dedicated lookout room. Outdoor stairs provide easy beach access.
The interior of the home is traditional but still evokes the feeling of a beach vacation. Many of the ceilings have exposed wood beams, while some of the walls feature vertical shiplap. There are three fireplaces and interesting window details, including stained glass and leaded panes that would not look out of place at a Tudor-style dwelling. In the center of the house is a spiral staircase, which is topped with a spire. The lower level is home to a cozy bar area with more stained glass, a media room, a wine cellar, and a gym.
Next to the main residence is a separate two-bedroom guest house, and there is also a three-car garage on the property. Perhaps one of the most interesting details, however, is the “D” that adorns the home’s brick chimney. This touch was reportedly added by the Oscar winner (who died in France in 1989 at the age of 81) during her time at the home.
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest