After several go-rounds on the market and a few drastic price reductions, the West Hollywood townhouse once owned by the famously flamboyant, fleet-fingered pianist Liberace has finally hit the right note with a buyer, veteran TV exec Glenn Geller. Formerly the President of CBS Entertainment, the 50-year-old Geller departed that post in 2017 after suffering a heart attack, subsequently joining production company Gansa / Gordon, where he currently serves as president and executive producer.
According to public records, Geller shelled out $2.6 million for the four-story townhouse in Sunset Plaza’s Shoreham complex — not exactly chicken-feed, but a goodly amount less than the almost $3.2 million the property was seeking when it popped up for sale in 2021.
Sequestered behind wrought-iron gates near the end of a cul-de-sac a little north of the Sunset Strip, The Shoreham was built in 1937 by MGM to house their top talent in sophisticated style, thereby maintaining its carefully cultivated image as the classiest, most prestigious studio in Tinseltown. Consisting of fifteen townhouses and apartments set on a half-acre of manicured grounds, the elegant Hollywood Regency-inspired complex has been home to a veritable constellation of stars, including Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Veronica Lake, and Olivia de Havilland, who occupied three different units during her tenure.
Another previous occupant of the townhouse newly acquired by Geller was Barbara Marx Sinatra. Though best known from being the fourth and final wife of Frank Sinatra, in her younger days, Mrs. Sinatra was a showgirl at Las Vegas’ Riviera. According to her memoir, “Lady Blue Eyes,” the featured performer at her very first show at the Riviera was none other than Liberace.
An avid collector of real estate, the colorful showman added the Shoreham residence to his portfolio sometime during the late ‘70s. Subsequent owners of the unit include interior designer Dan Zimmerman and the current seller, Beverly Hills ophthalmologist Joseph Sidikaro. It’s uncertain if the pianist, a famous maximalist whose most famous maxim was “Too much of a good thing is wonderful,” ever decked out the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath townhouse in his inimitable over-the-top style; if so, the only remnants of razzmatazz in evidence would be a pair of chandeliers, one an antique crystal number in the dining room, the other a tasseled Tiffany jazzing up one of the baths.
Period features found throughout the 1,937-square-foot residence include gorgeous herringboned walnut floors, French doors, Doric columns, wainscoting, a marble fireplace (converted to gas), and graceful “wedding cake”-style staircase railings.
Subdued as the townhouse’s interior may be, it does possess one show-stopping attribute, namely its approximately 2,000-square-foot rooftop terrace. Described in marketing material as “the largest private rooftop terrace in all of West Hollywood,” it boasts panoramic views, a tented dining pavilion, built-in grill, and projector for al fresco screenings.
Drew Meyers and JJ Meyers of Drew Meyers Estates at Westside Estate Agency handled the sellers’ side of the listing, while Michael Remacle and Chris Laib of Sotheby’s International Realty represented the buyers.