Do you want the luxury of living in your own little slice of classic film history? Dame Helen Mirren and her director-husband Taylor Hackford can help you do just that, with their Hollywood Hills home for sale for US$18.5million or for rent at US$45,000 per month.
The couple have listed their home of 30 years for US$18.6 million, or $45,000 per month in rent, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.
Built in Hollywood’s earliest days in 1911 and located on over six acres, the 10,200-square-foot Mirren-Hackford estate includes a guest house and a total of nine bedrooms and 11 baths.
A popular neighbourhood with the Hollywood crowd, the home has had only three other owners: Dustin Farnum, star of DeMille’s Squaw Man; Mark Hellinger, writer/producer whose short story became the Bogart/Cagney film The Roaring Twenties; and Gail Patrick, executive producer of the popular 1950’s/60’s Perry Mason television series, where the home was sometimes used as a film location for the show.
The house has all the iconic features of its era, including large rooms, lots of French doors that open to the hilltop breeze, a panelled library, beautiful hardwood floors and large fireboxes in the fireplaces.
One special room is the cosy bar with bar stools and comfortable sofa and chairs for more intimate entertaining.
The large formal rooms and outside living area with pool and downtown views cover entertaining for large groups and family get-togethers.
The early California indoor/outdoor architecture makes the house warm, inviting and relaxing for both family and friends.
It’s this element and the home’s adaptability to different lifestyles that seemingly makes the house a hard one for Mirren to let go.
Hollywood Hills is awash with celebrity residents such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry. It has been the neighbourhood of choice since the beginning of Hollywood as the film-capital, due to its proximity to the studios and is known for its views and star-worthy gated homes nestled behind deep privacy foliage.
Mirren and Hackford now spend most of their time in a secluded mountain home on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. She recently told The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon she had to chase off a black bear from her garden at the new home.
Originally from London, Mirren has had a fabulous career as the only actor to achieve the Triple Crown of acting in both the US and the UK with Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards.
Her Academy Award win was for Best Actress in the film The Queen acting the part of Queen Elizabeth II. Hackford won his own Academy Award for the short film Teenage Father and has directed such favourites as An Officer and a Gentleman and Against All Odds.
In 2003, she was appointed Dame by Queen Elizabeth for her acting career that dates back to age 20, when she starred as Cleopatra for a UK National Youth Theatre production. Helen became an US citizen in 2017 and reportedly voted for the first time in the 2020 election.