Marilyn Monroe’s House in Brentwood Then & Now

by hookedonhouses on July 15, 2010

Marilyn Monroe's former home in Brentwood, California, today

Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Brentwood bedroom in 1962 at the age of 36 (hard to believe she’d be in her ’80s today!). Because it was the last house she lived in, there has always been a lot of fascination with it.

Grainy old photos were all that most of us had ever seen of the interior, so it’s big news that it’s on the market again.

The Spanish Revival home was built in 1929. Marilyn bought it in 1962 for $90,000. The current owners are asking $3.6 million. Here’s how the living room looked when she lived there (via LA Times):

Marilyn Monroe's living rm-60s

Looks like they eliminated the dark paneling and removed the wall-to-wall carpeting to reveal the original tile underneath. The fireplace remains the same:

Here are some more old photos of how it looked after Marilyn died (via PopSugar):

Marilyn Monroe's house-old pics

The house doesn’t seem to have been altered much over the years, for which we can be thankful. It retains its unpretentious charm. Love the kitchen:

The house has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and about 2,600 square feet.

You can read more about the house on LA Curbed and the Daily Mail. For more information and the rest of the photos, check out the listing : David Offer, Prudential Realty.

P.S. Visit Celebrity Houses to see more, including…

Katharine Hepburn's Former Home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, on the market today

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Andrea July 15, 2010 at 8:17 am

Beautiful house, love the beams in every part of the home and all the natural light.

Barbara July 15, 2010 at 8:20 am

This house is utterly charming!!

Safe trip and thanks for the post!!

Janell Beals July 15, 2010 at 8:22 am

Absolutely charming house! I don’t know if I could handle living in a house she died in, in the late hours that might be on my mind! Have a fabulous trip, I wonder where you are off to! Janell
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Shelia July 15, 2010 at 8:55 am

Thanks so much for taking the time to post about Marilyn’s house. I had always thought it was really small from how it looks on the front! I love the transformations and that kitchen looks like it’s 2,000 sq. ft.! Well, I’m stretching it, but it’s humongous!
Have a great vacation.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia 😉
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Becky @ Farmgirl Paints July 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

I would love LOVE to own that house. What a beautiful piece of history and to me it is the epitome of california architecture. I adore that spanish bungalow style.

Have a fun vacation Julia. I’m excited to hear about where you are going. Try to squeeze in a few personal pics would ya;)
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Robin July 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

Absolutely charming house, so unpretentious. The little reading nook is calling my name and so is the pool area. I would move there in a second (now I just have to find $3.6 M and a job in California…..)
.-= Robin´s last blog ..Me- Me- Meme =-.

Vicki @ In The Sandbox Comic Strip July 15, 2010 at 9:08 am

Thanks for the post. Have a GREAT vacation!
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cheryl July 15, 2010 at 9:24 am

The photograph of Marilyn Monroe is wonderful. I think it has to be one of the best I have seen of her. The glamorous pictures are great…but this photograph feels real. The house is charming and I can visualize her there in the kitchen. Anyway…great post …have a wonderful vacation!


Kristin@Bouelvard Interior Design July 15, 2010 at 9:30 am

Love the house. Horrible current furnishings.

Dean July 15, 2010 at 9:51 am

LOVE this house and 3.6M seems reasonable for it’s history and the area. I agree with Kristen@Bouelvard; the current furnishings are really bad, except for maybe the bedroom. I like how minimal it is.
Have a great vacation!

Dean July 15, 2010 at 9:52 am

oh…Wait a second! I didn’t see the rug under the bed in the last pic. Ugh! OK… All the furnishings a horrible!

MissCaron July 15, 2010 at 10:16 am

OMG! I want it even more than the home with the tree house inside!
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Kristen @ More Than Mulberries July 15, 2010 at 10:33 am

What a great house – I could spend a lot of time by that pool!
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Lesley @ TheDesignFile July 15, 2010 at 10:38 am

This house is so homey and beautiful. I really love it and it was not at all what I expected when I read the post headline. It seems like a fantastic place to live. Thanks for posting it.
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Kate (Little Beach Bum) July 15, 2010 at 10:43 am

What a beautiful house! Charming and unassuming…just like everything I’ve read about Marilyn’s personality, beneath all the glitz and glamor. Somehow it doesn’t really surprise me that she lived in this cute little house…rather than some of those GINORMOUS palaces we’ve seen on your blog that other movie stars lived in back in the Golden Age of Hollywood! I would totally live in that house! (Although, like you say, not sure if I could handle all those fans either…)
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shelly joseph July 15, 2010 at 10:44 am

strange I thought I would feel strange about looking at her house, because I’m such a big fan and still hate that she died. But I have to say it’s so peaceful, cheerful looking at it. So inviting, you just want to hang out. I can’t believe that its only 2600 sq ft it looks so much bigger.. Would love to get the floor plan.. Have fun on your trip,,,,and don’t worry we will be here when you get back for sure. Your fellow addicts who are just hooked!..

etta July 15, 2010 at 10:44 am

This is beautiful and charming house… but it reminds me the sad death of Marylin so I could never live in her house!

Dawn July 15, 2010 at 10:54 am

Love it!!!

There are definite improvements made from when Marilyn was living there. It’s cozy, charming and beautiful.

Now if I could just find some spare change …

diana July 15, 2010 at 11:05 am

I have always loved the cozy feel of her home. It is the perfect size… California it and could move there in a minute. It reminds me a bit of the It’s Complicated house…. same feel architecturally.
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Alison Agnew July 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

That is the definitive California bungalow in my mind’s eye. Love the light and airy look…but I also couldn’t handle the looky-loos (or the hefty price tag!)

Have a wonderful vacation!

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HollyM July 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

I love that California/Spanish Colonial style. I would definitely be interested in this house – – if only I could afford it!

Liz@VioletPosy July 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm

What a beautiful, beautiful home….if I win the lottery I’m first in the queue! :)
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Pat July 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I love the updated pictures, I only recall seeing “crime” scene photos. It’s nice to life and sunshine in this beautiful home.
I would love to own this place, and I don’t think there is much I would change. As for the Marilyn fans, I wonder if time has diminished the amount of trafice they would bring? I haven’t done the Hollywood Map to the Stars homes in ages, it would be interesting to know.
Have a safe and wonderful vay cay!!
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Struggler July 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm

It looks beautiful and while owning a piece of history would be very special, no, I wouldn’t want a house with so much fan interest.
I wonder what the Marilyn aspect has added to the price?
Have a wonderful trip!
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Amanda @ Serenity Now July 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I LOVE the backyard and the kitchen is so spacious and light. Very nice, but I’d feel like Marilyn was watching over me. :s Have fun in FL…Disneyworld???
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Kim July 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I like the family room and kitchen ceiling. The pool looks relaxing and the flowers are beautiful. Wouldn’t want this house though because of the history and it’s not my style.

Julia, thanks for taking the time to post this when I’m sure you had a lot of packing and things to do. Have fun on vacation!

Susan S July 15, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I could go for this house BIG TIME! Perfect size and lots of windows!

Destiny July 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Darling house and so glad to see that so much of the integrity has been preserved. Glad you are getting a chance to refresh, renew and re-energize!

T. July 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Re: the negative comments about the furnishings: I like the furnishings. I think the furnishings make it look cottagey and homey. The rug in the living room doesn’t really match the furniture, but other than that, it looks like a home, not a showpiece. I’d much rather live in a home than a showpiece.

Mrs. R July 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Very nice house! I love that they didn’t alter it too much. Have a fun and safe vacation!!
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Jocelyn Stott July 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Great post. It looks very cozy and relaxing. Have a great trip!
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Juju at Tales of July 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Oh wow! I absolutely love it.
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Maria July 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Ahhh, finally the perfect place to hang my autographed picture of MM.

I’d make her breakfast every day if it meant I got to live here. Love it. And I agree it looks bigger than I’d thought from other pictures I’d seen. I wonder how many times it’s changed hands since MM?

Maria July 15, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Oh and I’d add a hand carved mantle over the fireplace to match the beams. The fireplace looks naked without one.

E. George July 15, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Hi Julia – I don’t know where you are heading but hope you have a safe journey and a wonderful time you deserve it….. My husband loves Marilyn we have this beautiful black and white poster of her overlooking a part of New York … WOW anyway I think this house is beautiful but I don’t think I could live in it for the same reasons as you guys can’t…. thanks for a wonderful post… till next time Regards Esther from Sydney….

Donna R July 16, 2010 at 12:19 am

I too had only ever seen ‘crime scene’ photos of it before now. I’d could see myself there, but don’t think the endless line of tourists would sit too well with me either.

I love it. Overall I actually like the decorating concept the home’s current owners had in mind with they decided to go with simple furnishings. It’s just that some peices do look a little on the cheap side.

Enjoy your break Julia.

Donna – from Sydney
.-= Donna R´s last blog ..Selling property Here’s how to keep up with new builds =-.

Elaine July 16, 2010 at 1:54 am

Thanks for showing Julie I loved Marilyn she was a great star just a shame how her life ended, it was lovely to see her home, so cosy you could just imagine her sat by the fire, I would love to own it such a shame I cannot afford the price tag that goes with it have a great vaccation looking forward to see where you landed!! :)))
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Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish July 16, 2010 at 6:26 am

Wow! That kitchen is amazing! What a great house with some interesting history!
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Marie July 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm

The current state of the house is absolutely gorgeous and looks like a quintessential Hollywood style. However, because I believe in ghosts and have a very vivid imagination, I don’t think I could live there.

Looking forward to hearing about your vacation. Bon voyage Julia!
.-= Marie´s last blog ..Rewards from My Garden =-.

Charlotte July 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Beautiful House! Luv that pool.

Visual Vamp July 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I would love to own THIS piece of Hollywood history.
Intriguing post Julia!
xo xo
.-= Visual Vamp´s last blog ..Mourning Room =-.

Linda Sporski July 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm

This is a beautiful house, have you looked into Feng Shui. I am studying Real Estate and becoming more aware of this. I loved the pool area. Live, Love and be happy no matter what age you are.

Valerie July 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I am so in love with your blog. I told my mom about it and we are so hooked. Please keep it up.

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Nancy@marcusdesign July 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm

This is quite a stunning home, and I wouldn’t have expected less! It is so Hollywood with the white walls and beams in the ceiling isn’t it? Very California-cool, love it.
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Maria July 17, 2010 at 2:46 am

I would think it might have lots of looky-loos if one bought the house, but maybe not so much. Plugging it into Google Maps and doing a street view you can see there are no sidewalks or parking on the tiny dead end lane to the gate so you really see nothing from the street. Also if you click the link on G maps for other RE around here you can see the comps. Looks to be priced a bit on the high side as one would expect but also looks a bit nicer to me than most. However, at almost 4M I’d expect the place to have air conditioning, well there ya go – a deal breaker, lol.

Nita July 17, 2010 at 9:21 am

Those white beamed ceilings in the bedroom are what we have in our familyroom. It’s called shiplap with NO insulation, just the wood, the tar paper and the shingles, and because of it, that room even with brand new air conditioning is 20 degrees hotter than the rest of the house. Buying new air was the whole point in cooling that room, but $10K later, it didn’t. Pretty, but HOT!

Nita July 17, 2010 at 9:23 am

This house is a Spanish inspired ranch home, not a bungalow, which are basically from the Craftsman time period.

Scott July 18, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I toured the property yesterday. It actually has changed quite a bit since the time Marilyn owned it. Read about my visit and see before and after photos here:

Cher July 19, 2010 at 9:13 am

How lovely! I would never have expected to like it, but it’s perfect. Couldn’t stand the gawkers, though.

Scott July 19, 2010 at 7:42 pm

My parents almost bought the home in November, 1962 when it was put up for sale at fair market value through an auction coordinated by the City. However, the price at the time was about $130,000. That was a lot of bucks back then considering Marilyn only paid $90,000 on a 15 year mortgage at $320.00 a month.

My folks decided it was a bit too rich for their blood at the time and we remained at our quiet digs in the San Fernando Valley.

Some trivia: As a child actor, I worked with Marilyn twice (see “Scotty Morrow” at Fond memories for sure.

hookedonhouses July 19, 2010 at 9:13 pm

No kidding? How interesting! And I see you were on all kinds of classic TV shows. Nice to hear from you! -Julia

Scott July 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Thanks Julia. You have a fine website. I peruse it often. I just haven’t left any comments until yesterday about Marilyn’s old home.

Speaking of which, When I toured the house with my parents in 1962 I don’t recall the property having four (4) bedrooms and three (3) baths. I believe it was more like 3 and 2? Previous owners must have done add-ons. But from the posted photos it does appear that the original foundation and structure have remained in tact. And that’s a good thing.

Keep up the good work.



Taylor Thomas August 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I WANT THIS HOUSE!!! im only 16 but my moms moving next year when i graduate and wants me to live on my own!! i have always wanted this house! i have been a fan of marilyn since i was about 7. i never thought the day would come when this house would be for sale..
<3 Taylor!

Jill September 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I’d live there and love it! Charming house and maybe Marilyn still roams around at night!

Maaike Quinn January 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Wow, I love the house. Simple, not too big, and very charming. And the fact that Marilyn Monroe lived there makes it a classic. Wonderful! But I guess I would need a high fence indeed :)
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Elyse June 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I love the way it looks now, up to date and I would love it if it was the way she left it. I told my husband I would never move further than 4 hrs away from my family and friends. But if I had a chance or opportunity to move in this house, I would totally totally do it. I love you Marilyn!!!! Fans, bring it on!!

Menahil December 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I’ve seen pics of soooooo many houses in the past few hours. But this is THE BEST hands down. Love the cozy, traditional, charming and welcoming feel. And it’s soo good that they haven’t changed it much. I would give anything to live in that house!

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