With her beloved, custom-built home on the bluffs above the ocean in Carmel pending sale with an asking price pushing up on $8 million, the longtime Los Angeles home of late Hollywood icon Betty White has come to market at $10.575 million.
Built in 1952 along one of Brentwood’s most sought-after streets and set behind gates at the head of a semicircular drive on almost three-quarters of an acre, there are five bedrooms and six bathrooms between the modestly proportioned 3,000-square-foot main house, with its sunny yellow shutters and rough-cut stone accents, and a detached guest cottage.
Ringed in mature trees that provide a peaceful sense of privacy, the grounds are simple and well cared for, with a rectangular swimming pool surrounded in flag stone terracing and flowering gardens amid great sweeps of lawn.
Marketing materials indicate there are views of the Getty Museum but do not include any images of the home’s interior spaces. Indeed, listings held by Marlene Okulick at Sotheby’s International Realty are explicit: “There will be no interior access to the home. All showings are of the exterior only.” Listings also state, “The property is being sold for land value.”
Alas, in this age of supersized homes with entertainment complexes in the basement and garages styled like discos, it seems inevitable this humble home, that for decades served as a comfortable haven to one of Hollywood’s great treasures, will more than likely meet the wrecking ball.
White, who passed in late 2021 just short of her 100th birthday, earned eight Emmys and three Screen Actors Guild Awards over her eight decades in show business. Inducted into the TV Hall of Fame in 1995, she is best known — and rightfully so — for her role as relentlessly perky Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and for her role as Rose Nylund on the cult-favorite 1980s and ‘90s sitcom “Golden Girls.” White earned a Grammy in 2012 for the audio version of her memoir, “If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t),” and continued to work well into her nineties, lending her voice in 2019 as Bitey White in “Toy Story 4.”