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Born in 1903, Leslie Townes Hope, better known as Bob Hope, was a legendary actor, comedian, singer, and dancer, whose illustrious career spanned some 70 years. In his youth, Hope worked numerous odd jobs until he decided upon a career in show business, where he began as a dancer, became a radio performer, moved into the film industry, then finally switched to television. As a film actor, Hope was well known for My Favorite Brunette and the “Road” movie series, which consisted of seven films made with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, between 1940 and 1962. His sense of humor and comedic timing garnered praise, and he served as a driving force of modern-American stand-up comedy.
Hope’s career overshadowed what he believed to be his true love, golf. At his full-time home in Los Angeles’s Toluca Lake, Hope designed a one-hole golf course with two tee positions, a sand trap and driving greens. Built in 1939 as an English Traditional and made more contemporary in 1950, the residence is nestled on five acres of land and is exquisitely landscaped; featuring natural elements such as mature evergreens and rose gardens. The 14,848 square foot home offers 8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, billiard room, indoor pool and spa, bar, chef’s kitchen, home theater, gym, steam and infrared sauna, four-car garage, motor court, security system, security office, and three electric gate entrances. And if that weren’t enough, there is a guest house, staff quarters, staff offices, large outdoor pool, tennis pavilion, commercial kitchen, conference room and walk-in fireproof safe.
The home is currently priced for sale at $29,000,000. Prospective buyers will be delighted to know that Hope has hosted countless celebrities and even presidents at the home, adding to its rich history and perhaps its value.
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Photo credit: Simon Berlyn, courtesy of The Agency