Throughout her lifetime, violet-eyed starlet Elizabeth Taylor called several different estates home — some she shared with former husbands and some without. Her final home, a luxurious private ranch, has just hit the Bel Air real estate market for $8.6 million.
The glamorous icon purchased the home in 1981 and she lived there until her death at age 79 this past March. According to a statement by her son, Christopher Wilding, the home was a refuge and a “focal point for the family” where holidays were celebrated. She “never entertained the notion of moving,” Wilding said.
Taylor burst onto the silver screen in 1944 with at age twelve with a breakout role in “National Velvet,” co-starring Mickey Rooney. From there, her film career grew, notably starring in “Giant” with James Dean, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress, “Butterfield 8,” the mega-production “Cleopatra” and the critically-acclaimed “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”
Taylor’s impressive 7,000-square-foot house was once owned by Nancy Sinatra Sr. (Frank Sinatra’s daughter). Built in 1960s, the ranch is private, surrounded by mature foliage, and located at the end of a long driveway and gated entrance.
Sitting on 1.27 acres, the home contains 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms of which two are master suites; one is on the lower floor, and one is on the top floor, wall-papered in Taylor’s signature violet shade. She provided other personal touches to the sprawling estate, including an extensive art collection with works by van Gogh, Degas, Renoir and Pissarro. She kept each room filled with orchids, family photographs, awards and other personal mementos.
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The lower level of her home features a large, galley-style kitchen, spacious living room, and sitting room and dining room that each open up to the pool and outdoor patio, as well as two smaller bedrooms and maid quarters.
The grounds have been meticulously maintained. According to Wilding’s statement, Taylor was “very hands-on with the gardening” and planned her gardens to have color year-round. The property includes an English garden, contrasting with a lush “jungle” of palms and other plants, as well as a koi pond with waterfall, greenhouse and luxurious pool surrounded by inlaid mosaic tile.