(BEVERLY HILLS, CA) — More often than not, houses do not have famous owners in their chains of title, but a substantial number of Beverly Hills homes are the exceptions. The property that comes quickest to mind is Pickfair, the legendary, Beverly Hills home of actors Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford.
They moved in after the hunting lodge on the property was turned into a 22-room mansion by architect Wallace Neff in 1919. After divorcing Fairbanks in 1936, Pickford lived there with her next husband, actor Buddy Rogers. When she died, Jerry Buss, L.A. Lakers owner, bought the home.
Actress Pia Zadora and her husband, Meshulam Riklis, then bought the house and started refurbishing but soon learned that the house had to be torn down, due to termites. The house was subsequently rebuilt but needs renovating again, real estate sources say.
Felix Pena of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, has the listing at $60 million.