Once home to Frank Sinatra, a property in the Los Angeles suburb of Chatsworth is on the market for $21.5 million, the LA Daily News reports. Marilyn, who dated Sinatra on and off throughout 1961, stayed there that summer while he was touring Europe. (Although it is sometimes claimed that she ‘rendezvoused with JFK’ at Sinatra’s estate, this is untrue. Marilyn left Chatsworth in the fall of 1961, and her brief association with President Kennedy happened in the spring of 1962.)
“A secluded hilltop estate with ties to Frank Sinatra has landed on the market in Chatsworth as this San Fernando Valley neighborhood’s most expensive listing. Dubbed ‘Byrdview,’ the 8,161-square-foot spread was designed and built by famed architect William Pereira between 1949 and 1951 and completely restored. The property measures just under 13.75 acres and comprises a main house and guest house. From its perch high above the 1,325-acre Chatsworth Nature Preserve, it boasts 360-degree views of the surrounding valley and mountains.
According to a 2011 article in Forbes, Chase Manhattan Bank heiress Dora Hutchinson had commissioned the architectural firm Pereira and Luckman to build the home. Hutchinson’s home hosted many star-studded parties that drew Lucille Ball, Ava Gardner and other A-listers. It was where Judy Garland and director Vincente Minelli renewed their wedding vows.
When Hutchinson returned to her hometown of New York, she leased the compound to Sinatra. The crooner-turned-actor who leased the property for a decade often hosted his famous friends, including Marilyn Monroe, who sublet the one-bedroom guest house with a small second pool as reported in Architectural Digest when it last hit the market for $12.5 million in 2018.
Today, the property hosts Hollywood film and television production companies with parking for 100 cars. It has appeared in Dreamgirls and Mad Men.”