The face of film noir, Lauren Bacall has won Tony Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and numerous Academy Award nominations. With all of her success, it comes as no surprise that the actress had an amazing home…
The Most Expensive Real Estate in New York
Bacall passed away in 2015, a month shy of her 90th birthday, leaving behind an amazing Central Park apartment. Lauren had the luxury of calling one of these mansions home for 53 years! Following her death, the apartment went up for auction at the price of $26 million!
A Nine-Room Estate
The flat is located in the historical Dakota building on the Upper West Side. The large nine-room apartment doesn’t feel like an apartment at all, rather an entire house placed inside of the gorgeous architecture of the Dakota Building. As you would expect from a Hollywood star, the master bedroom is 22 feet wide and is connected to a private study, bathroom, and walk-in closet. The apartment’s balcony overlooks Central Park, so you can just imagine what springtime is like in the estate, a total dream!
Rustic Red and Royal Blues
Of course, the kitchen is far beyond your average New York City kitchen. It is an eat-in kitchen that opens up into a 24 by 19-foot dining room and family room. Lauren’s dining room brings French elements together with a perfect color palette, both rustic reds and deep blues are found in the small details of the upholstery, furniture, and, the art featured in the room. The wall hanging may seem like a simple poster, but it is The Bell Époque French by Jules Cheret, sold for a whopping $7,000.
The actress and singer was a fan of French-inspired design, a preference that is evident in her furniture choices. In addition to the poster hanging in her dining room, Bacall had several other French posters hanging on the room’s other walls. She complemented the posters with fine collectible china that she hung next to the framed posters. The decorative lamps are pieces are scattered throughout the rooms of her home.
An 18th Century Piece
It’s no secret that Lauren was partial to French design, but that doesn’t mean that she didn’t admire art from other countries and periods as well. One of the more important items in her home was her antique George III oak Welsh dresser, from the late 18th century, a piece that held her collection of fine china. Though George III style furniture typically uses mahogany, the dresser was made from oak – a unique choice for pieces from that time.
The Master Suite
As you may have already noticed, Bacall liked to fill every inch of a room with collectibles, furniture, and art. Surprisingly enough, the master suite is the only room where something new is placed. Adjacent to her decked out fireplace, there appears to be a very modern-looking tongue. The grey couch adds a cozy touch to this room, and behind it, you’ll see a bookcase full of books and collectibles. We would give anything to relax with some reading while enjoying this fireplace!
The Master Bedroom
It seems as though Bacall saved the pop of color for her own bedroom. Considering most of the rooms in the estate are blue, brown, and white, it’s surprising that Bacall chose lavender and pink tones for her own room – colors that aren’t seen anywhere else in her apartment. Other than the gallery wall behind the bed, the room has a clear view of Central Park. Imagine opening your morning to a panoramic view of the green and beautiful Central Park!
To the right side of the fireplace of the master suite, there is the perfect display of Bacall’s collection of decorative candlesticks and artwork. The theme of these framed portraits is ships and floral designs. Bacall loved using accents of color. The walls of the apartment are 13 feet high, so it makes sense that Bacall would want to fill the space with art. The apartment was catered to an art collector seeing as there’s a lot of art that seems synonymous with the house’s existence.
The Guest Bedroom
Another interesting, yet the unsurprising choice of color, Lauren chose bright and sunny, yellow walls. Above the bed hangs a very pricey 1920s Spanish art piece. The piece, which depicts a woman holding a basket full of fruit, was painted by Andrew Segovia and sold for a staggering $18,750 at auction. Though the walls are a cheerful shade of yellow, the bedspread and rug are a shade of sky blue. In the right corner of the room, you will notice a unique, shelving piece that adds an interesting touch to the room’s style.
Palettes of Blue
Even when the styling of a room was formal. Bacall knew how to paint a room the perfect shade to add that extra chic touch. She chose to paint the living room a gorgeous shade of robin’s egg blue — which brightens up the entire room and works with the room’s natural light. The collection of blue accents tie the room together, everything from statutes on the fireplace to her gorgeous couches.
Her Baby Grand-Piano
And of course, what’s a luxurious New York apartment without a grand piano? Bacall’s piano is by Mason & Hamlin, a premier New England based piano company that was founded in 1854. The piano sold for $6,875 through the original value was likely much more. Although we’re sure it sounded great, it doesn’t seem like Lauren was playing much in her old age. The piano became more of a display table for her old family photos.
Perfectly Accented Couches
These comfortable couches were chosen to accent her living room’s wall color. Patterned furniture is often hard to pull off, but these really pull the room together. The white contrasts the dark wood of the fireplace and coffee table perfectly. Bacall’s apartment holds five working fireplaces, a rare occurrence, especially in a New York City property. This living room fireplace is accented with a deer head above its mantle – a nod to her love of wildlife.
French Style Mirrors & Antique Dressers
Each one of Bacall’s apartment’s rooms is massive, allowing her to hold an impressive collection of antique furniture. This room features an ornate French-style mirror that rests on a Regence Provincial Walnut Commode, a mid-18th-century piece that sold for nearly four thousand dollars. The room also has an antique desk that was sold for $5,000. The Louis XV provincial bureau was crafted from walnut in the mid-to-late18th century and complimented the room’s wooden floors.
Her Private Gallery
Bacall lived in her great apartment from when she was about 36 years old until she was 89. Her life’s story is documented throughout the apartment – though art and antiques. Her home is a gallery, full of beauty and character. The perfectly curated art in her house looks like somewhat of a museum. Every inch of wall space is covered in framed art, from expensive paintings and photographs to simple prints.
American White Pelican
Her furniture was worth a fortune but what was even more intriguing was the value of Bacall’s art. This original print of American White Pelican by James Audubon sold for $173,000. Audubon gravitated towards painting birds in their natural habitats, and this print truly showcases his talent. The artist is most widely known for his color-plate book called The Birds of America, which is one of the first ornithological works ever published. Throughout his life, Audubon identified 25 new species of birds!
Louis XIII Walnut Fauteuils
What is the most you would ever spend on a pair of chairs? Even if you were one of the world’s most avid furniture connoisseurs, you would probably not spend as much as Lauren Bacall did. Her antique Louis XIII-style chairs were in excellent condition, and they made a great addition to her already beautifully styled home. The chairs sold for $1,875 and featured veneer turned wood and moldings. The blue stitching on the upholstery was brought out nicely against her blue walls.
Vintage Louis Vuitton Luggage
Every celeb has their selection of Louis Vuitton luggage. The company was founded in 1854 and has become one of the world’s most luxurious designer names. With Bacall’s timeless taste, it comes as no surprise that she had a set of monogrammed Louis Vuitton luggage. A single bag can cost nearly two grand, and considering Bacall’s is vintage, it’s exceedingly rare and costly. Her collection of designer luggage was sold for a whopping $37,500!
Betty Joan Perske
Although it may seem like her apartment is filled with art and furniture, it also has pieces of Hollywood history. But of course, she owned her personal director’s chair that was sold for nearly five grand in the auction. Betty Joan Perske who changed her name to Lauren Bacall, debuted in To Have and Have Not — and started her legacy in Hollywood. She’s done it all, from working alongside Marilyn Monroe to acting as a voice in Family Guy — Bacall loved the industry.
Lauren had an eye for amazing works of art after she passed, three bronze sculptures were auctioned off at more than $30,000. The sculptures were created by Robert Graham, who was famous for his design of the entrance gates for the 1984 Olympics. Bacall and Graham met through actress Anjelica Houston – Bacall’s close friend and Graham’s wife. Bacall fell in love with his portrayal of the female form. The art remained in Lauren’s foyer for years, and she loved referring to them as “her girls.”
Her Favorite Pieces
Towards the end of her life, Lauren Bacall sat down with Vanity Fair as she discussed her outstanding career and how her New York apartment had become a map of memories of times passed. In what would, unfortunately, turn into one of her last interviews, Lauren opened up about her numerous pieces in her home, made by renowned artists, painters, and sculptors. Among her collection were works by John James Audubon, Max Ernst, David Hockney, Henry Moore, and many more.
Cozy Wood Furnishings
One of the themes we’ve seen throughout all nine rooms has been unique wood furniture. Every piece looks like it was specially picked out for the room it was placed in. Many may think that the interior of such a big star’s apartment would be flashy and glamorous – but there is something about Bacall’s apartment that is homey and cozy. The apartment looks like a place that has been lived in, Bacall managed to make it a home rather than a stage to be admired from afar.
Her Views of Central Park
New York City real estate prices increase drastically if you have a view – and few landscapes are more desired than that of Central Park. Bacall’s apartment has approximately 100 feet of Central Park scenery. This means that half of the apartment has one of the best views in all of New York City — an essential part of Lauren’s connection to New York. In a 1978 issue of French Vogue, Bacall said, “Outside that window lies Central Park; my relief from the city, an important reason to live there.”
The exterior of The Dakota building stood tall on the corner of Central Park West and West 72nd Street. As the city progresses, the building stands tall, holding its history. Overlooking Central Park, it’s safe to say that the preserved building may be one of the most beautiful things about New York City — full of history and the essence of possibilities that come with the city. Over the years, the value of the building has gone up drastically, and it’s easy to understand why!
On August 12, 2014, Lauren Bacall passed away after suffering a stroke. Just five weeks shy of her 90th birthday, the legend passed away at her Dakota apartment where she lived for more than 50 years. When word of her death spread, fans decorated the iron gate outside of Bacall’s apartment with roses, paying their respects. Over the weeks following her passing, fans from all over the world visited her apartment building, showing their appreciation to one of the Golden Age’s biggest actresses.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
After her passing in 2014, fans decorated her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with flowers, stuffed animals, and other various items that reminded them of Bacall. In 1960, actress Lauren Bacall was honored with a star that can be visited on 1724 Vine Street. The grieving fans were added to hear the news of her passing and made their way to the star to honor one of Hollywood’s last Golden Era actresses.
Vanity Fair Interview
One of the last interviews Lauren ever gave was from her Dakota apartment. She was interviewed in 2011 by Matt Trynauer for Vanity Fair. The actress did not hold back in the interview revealing intimate details of her life, as one of the last-remaining actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Era. In her heartfelt and honest interview, she spoke candidly about the effect of husband, Humphrey Bogart’s fame had on their relationship and children. In addition to talking about her marriage and career, she spoke openly about secrets from her personal life.
Whirlwind Romance With Frank Sinatra
During the interview, Bacall revealed that after her husband passed away, she quickly jumped into a relationship with the famous actor and singer-songwriter, Frank Sinatra. They had what you could call a whirlwind romance to the point that Sinatra proposed. However, when rumors of the engagement were leaked to the media, Sinatra became distressed and called off the engagement altogether. According to Bacall herself, it was “an awful time for me, there’s no way I could have been thinking straight. Even then it might have worked if Frank had been more sure of himself…but he wasn’t.”
Marriage to Jason Robards
Following her short-lived relationship with Sinatra, Bacall met and began dating actor Jason Robards. When they tried to get married in July of ’61, the two of them faced a ton of issues due to Robards’ “quickie” divorce in which the actor signed an affidavit stating he was officially divorced from his former wife on May 22nd, 1961. After traveling to Austria and getting denied a marriage license, Bacall and Robards set out to Las Vegas only for the same thing to happen again. Finally, the couple was able to marry after traveling to Mexico though they divorced eight years and one child later.
When Lauren Bacall married Humphrey Bogart in ’45, she was only 19 years old while he was 45 — 26 years her senior! Naturally, this age gap caused many to wonder what these two could possibly have in common. Well, for starters, they both had an obsession with dogs being that they both had grown up with a variety of pups. Bacall and Bogart actually received a Boxer as a wedding gift and it’s safe to say that the two of them fell in love with that breed of dog.
According to the actress herself, she and Bogart named their new pup “Harvey, after the invisible rabbit. He was really smart. He knew he wasn’t allowed to get on the furniture so he would only put two paws on at a time, and he would sit between us if we had a fight.” It wasn’t long before Lauren and Bogart had three Boxer dogs. Here in this photo, Lauren’s relaxing as Bogart and son Stephen read a magazine on the floor. Harvey, George, and Baby — their three dogs — lay together.
Pampered Papillion, Sophie
Although Bogart and Bacall shared three boxers together, the actress ended up adopting a Cocker Spaniel after her husband passed away. Just six months after that, their beloved Boxer — Harvey — passed. Bacall’s last dog, though, was a pampered Papillion pup named Sophie. Bacall absolutely worshipped Sophie so much so that she left $10,000 to her canine companion. The money went to Bacall’s youngest son, Sam Robards, to ensure that the beloved pup continues to live in the manner she’s accustomed to. Don’t worry, though. The star also split up her $26 million estate between her three children.
Bonhams’ Highest-Profile Auction
In March of 2015, the Bonhams New York auction hall held a two-day, 20-hour marathon auction for Lauren Bacall’s belongings. More than 1,500 bidders from 34 different countries took part in Bonhams’ the highest-profile auction of the season. A few days prior to the auction, however, photographers and videographers began documenting everything that filled her glorious apartment. Anyone who was actually lucky enough to purchase one of Bacall’s possessions was undoubtedly happy to have a piece of history.
There’s no denying that Bacall had quite a fruitful career in her own right. Still, tons of people gravitated towards her projects with her late husband Humphrey Bogart. With that being said, it doesn’t come as such a shock that amongst Bacall’s eclectic art collection was this statue of ‘Bogie.’ The bronze statue depicts Bogart as Rick Blaine from Casablanca, which was released in 1942. This sculpture was just one of the many pieces that was auctioned off after Bacall’s passing. Although it sold for an undisclosed amount, it was valued at $800.
Aaron Shikler Portraits
It’s really no secret that actress Lauren Becall loved art. After all, the actress was a cultivated collector of art and antiques, her pursuits often sparked by personal experiences. In any event, this piece — made by artist Aaron Shikler — was inspired by Bacall herself. Shikler, who was famously known for his official White House portraits of John F. Kennedy and Jackie-O, was also popular amongst many elite social groups. With that being said, he also often did portraits of celebrities. Shikler even did portraits of Bacall’s children but they kept those for their personal collections.
It comes as no surprise that Bacall’s collection of vintage housewares weren’t sold at very cheap prices. While it was clearly in used condition, Bacall’s Turkish carpet was still sold at the auction for $2,250. Despite its name, there’s actually no one culture that can claim these carpets. In turns out that they actually derived from the multi-ethnic, multi-religious traditions of the former Ottoman Empire. With that, it makes sense as to why these carpets have been found everywhere from Siberia to Egypt to Transylvania.
Massive Jewelry Collection
Bonhams New York auction hall was responsible for Bacall’s estate after her death, which included the actress’s massive jewelry collection. There were reportedly 32 lots of jewelry alone that was put up for bid at the auction, drawing the interest from people around the globe. As mentioned before, the auction lasted a record-breaking 20 hours and brought in a whopping $503,625 for the jewelry alone. While Bacall’s jewel collection did garner more than the estimated value, Susan Abeles — Bonham director of jewelry — stated that “the estimates were regular market values. It’s impossible to calculate the value of provenance.”
18-Karat Gold Ear Clips
One of the most valuable and desired pieces from Bacall’s jewel collection was a pair of gem-set, 18-karat gold ear clips. Designed by Montures Schlumberger in France, each ear clip was specially designed as a gold latticework plaque. They were emblazoned with emeralds, sapphires, and amethysts. The award-winning actress famously wore these ear clips the night she accepted an Oscar for her performance in The Mirror Has Two Faces. Although the clips were estimated at $12,000, they were ultimately sold for $52,500.
Personalized Tiffany’s Necklace
Aside from her bedazzled ear clips, Bacall also owned a personalized Tiffany’s necklace. When auctioneers first found the piece, they noticed individual letters engraved on each of the hearts. Since they couldn’t figure out what the necklace said, they handed it over to Bonham’s jewelry department who cracked the code — “To my own beautiful star from her proud director Ron.” While it hasn’t been confirmed, it’s believed that the necklace was a gift from Ron Field, Bacall’s director in the 1970 musical Applause. Although the necklace was estimated to sell for $9,000, it was eventually sold for over $52,5000.
Her Style Was Her Own
Perhaps one of the most breathtaking pieces of jewelry that Bacall owned was a bracelet made by French designer Jean Schlumberger. Not only is it made from 18 karats of gold but it also features a series of blue paillone enamel panels with polished gold bar detail. Just from looking at Bacall’s collection, it’s clear that the actress had an amazing sense of style. According to Susan Abeles, “Ms. Bacall’s style was unmistakably her own — and it continues to influence design and fashion to this day.”
Lauren Bacall’s apartment in The Dakota was absolutely magnificent but she was hardly the first celeb to reside there. Aunt to Hollywood’s silver fox George Clooney, Rosemary Clooney was a singer and actress. Although she first gained recognition during the ’50s with hits like “Come On-a My House” and “Mambo Italiano,” the singer’s career began to later around the 1960s. In 1977, though, Clooney made a comeback when her White Christmas co-star Bing Crosby asked her to accompany him to a show that was meant to mark his 50th anniversary in show business.
Judy Garland was yet another major star that lived in The Dakota at one point. Garland’s former 19th-century home at The Dakota has seven wood-burning fireplaces and is on the market for $16.75 million. The 4,7000 square foot-apartment features three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, 13-foot ceilings, and generously spacious rooms that flawlessly flow from one to the other. Not only does it include a formal dining room that overlooks the building’s central courtyard but the apartment also has a library and an elegant living room with French doors.
It’s really no secret that one of the most well-known residents of the building was legendary singer-songwriter John Lennon. Regarded as one of the greatest musicians of all time, Lennon was actually living at The Dakota at the time of his tragic death. In December of 1980, the activist and co-founder of the Beatles was killed in the archway of the building by Mark David Chapman. Since then, The Dakota has become a tourist attraction for people to come and pay their respects to the memory of John Lennon.
Maury Povich, now 81 years old, is a TV personality who’s best known for his tabloid talk show Maury. His career began when he initially became a radio reporter for WWDC. By the late ’80s, though, he gained national fame as the host of tabloid infotainment television show A Current Affair. In 1991, Povich co-produced The Maury Povich Show, which was later rebranded as Maury. Today, he resides in The Dakota with his wife, Connie Chung who’s a television news anchor.
Gilda Radner was an American comedian and actress best known as one of the seven original cast members — “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” — of the hit NBC sketch comedy Saturday Night Live. In 1979, Radner moved to The Dakota and paid $150,000 for her apartment although she only lived there until 1985. A few years later, in 1989, the award-winning actress passed away from ovarian cancer. Still, there’s no denying that her memory has continued to live on throughout the years.
John Madden, now 84 years old, is a former sportscaster and football coach for the NFL. In 1977, Madden won a Superbowl as coach of the Oakland Raiders and was later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Once he retired from coaching, Madden moved on to commentating for NFL telecasts. With that kind of career, there’s no denying that Madden’s rolling in the dough so it makes sense as to why he bought Gilda Radner’s Dakota apartment in 1985. Although he bought it for $625,000, Madden ultimately sold it in 2013 for $3.9 million.
Inside the Charming Country Bungalow Dolly Parton Used to Call Home
Welcome to West Hollywood
Dolly Parton used to live in this compact and almost compound-like cottage in West Hollywood. The extensively fenced and gated property was listed at 1091 square feet, and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. For an A list celeb, that’s pretty petite!
The “Coat of Many Colors” singer purchased this cute bungalow in 2007 for the cool price of $1.2 million. Hey – it is Hollywood after all. When listed some years later, the entertainer was asking for $1.4 million. Good investment!
Through the Grand Entrance
In order to enter Dolly Parton’s former West Hollywood bungalow, guests would pass through a private garden area towards this arch. The home has several unique details, including this beautiful bronze sun above the entryway.
Turquoise lamps hang on either side of the house’s front entrance, giving the whole area a playful desert vibe. The multiple plants and colorful pots reveal the warmth and friendliness of the singer’s home, which continues throughout each room. For some it might be cluttered, but for us, it’s utterly charming.
Kick Off Your Cowboy Boots
We’re obsessed with the shabby chic vibe of Dolly Parton’s country style bungalow. Yes, the property may be moments away from the Sunset Strip, but inside it’s all about cozy kitsch and kicking back. This room pops with light wooden window shutters, a soft pink couch, and a smattering of mismatched pillows.
Dolly Parton has never subscribed to the idea that less is more, so it’s no surprise that her home features lots of embroidery, like this striking printed armchair.
As Eclectic as the Queen of Country
This sitting room area is slightly more formal than the previous room but maintains Dolly’s shabby chic tastes. This room also features wooden floors, though the rug in this room is much more intricately patterned.
Of course, it’s hard to ignore the amount of distressed furniture in this room. The upright cabinet and coffee table both look purposely worse for wear, while the gold and red bureau adds a retro flair. It’s certainly eclectic, but what else would we expect?
Hand-Painted Floral Details
We’ve already seen various beautiful details throughout Dolly Parton’s house, and there’s more where that came from. When the “Joshua” singer moved into the property, she remodeled it and hired an artist to hand-paint dainty floral details on the living room and kitchen tiles.
These extra touches add yet more warmth to the comfy property. We don’t know about you, but we’d rather have hand-painted floral tiles than a sterile and characterless McMansion any day.
Guitar at the Ready
Lest we forget, Dolly Parton is a music icon with some seriously impressive talent. It makes sense that the artist had a piano and guitar right in the center of her kitchen and living room area. What else would have pride of place?
Dolly’s eclectic tastes continue in this room, with floral chair covers, an upholstered piano stool (we love it), and even one of those wooden cabinets full of decorative plates. This house oozes the warmth of a rural Southern cabin.
Minty Green and Light Wood
We’ve already seen that Dolly Parton likes light wood window shutters, and who can blame her? Honestly, these shutters remind us of an idyllic fairytale scene where animated birds chirp outside a window as a princess sings sweetly inside. That’s what Dolly’s life is like, right?
This kitchen certainly nods to the 1950s, especially with its pastel mint cabinets. This color doesn’t seem to pop up elsewhere, but we like the retro vibe it adds to this room.
Oozing with Country Charm
Let’s take a closer look at Dolly Parton’s former kitchen from a different angle. As you can see, and as you should have expected, the singer and actress’s kitchen chairs are actually primped up with gingham seat covers. We love it!
From what we can see, the country star has a floral breadbox, some casual pink napkin rings, and a blushing hanging light fixture with multiple pink lamps. Clearly, in this country kitchen, it’s Dolly’s world and we just live in it.
But Not Forgetting Country Kitsch
When it comes to our beloved Dolly, everything is kitsch, kitsch, kitsch. When it comes to kitsch, we’re talking about things – décor, clothing, design – that could be considered tacky or tastless, but that are loved precisely because of this. It’s sort of ironic, it’s a little playful, and it completely describes everything to do with Ms. Parton.
This decking area attached to the bungalow’s master suite has pink walls, pink picture frames, and even pink borders around the windows. Truly, we could not love it more.
Relaxing in the Master Suite
Here’s the master suite in Dolly Parton’s former West Hollywood bungalow. As you can see, the bedroom is in keeping with the rest of the home, with its embroidery, floral patterns and wooden furniture.
This main bedroom has two closets, a built-in vanity area, a pop up TV, and French doors that open onto a private deck. We imagine the delightful Dolly strumming her guitar on the bed, stopping to powder her nose, and then stepping out onto the deck with some ice tea.
Bringing the Desert Inside
Presumably inspired by California’s desert weather, Dolly Parton features lots of cacti throughout her home. In this bathroom snap, you can see the playful desert themed art on the wall, and floral inspired candles and candlesticks adorning the small wooden shelf.
A cheerful pot of sunflowers by the sink adds another floral accent to the room, and the warm colors lend sunshine-y warmth. With this décor, Dolly could surely relax in a sunny California atmosphere.
A Cacti-Lined Perimeter
Considering the amount of plants and cacti inside Dolly Parton’s country chic bungalow, it’s no surprise that there were plenty outside too. The “Tennessee Homesick Blues” singer had cacti along the front of her property, and then a hedge on top of her outer wall. This makes the house very private while retaining a friendly and warm aesthetic.
The warm Spanish colors used on the exterior of the house suit the surrounding area perfectly. Red, rust, terracotta, and salmon blend with the desert sun.
With Space for Cadillacs
Attached to Dolly Parton’s West Hollywood bungalow is off street parking for several cars. Perhaps the country star can house one or two or her favorite Cadillacs in there. The 9 to 5 actress has loved Cadillacs ever since she first found fame. A 1997 Cadillac D’Elegance is Dolly’s favorite motor, and she kept the car for over a decade.
After donating the signed vehicle to the Hollywood Stars Car Museum, the singer moved on to a new Cadillac Escalade Hybrid.
Rockin’ on the Porch
Rather than a Southern style porch and rocking chair, Dolly Parton’s shabby chic bungalow had a patio overlooking the garden area. The quiet, decking area has two rocking chairs arranged by a tree trunk style table.
The outdoor areas in Parton’s former home offer a lot of privacy with their high walls and shady coverage. We can only imagine the delicious scent in the air wafting from the singer’s many planted flowers. As the sun goes down, this area is bound to be beautiful.
Let’s Talk About Chintz
We’ve talked kitsch, now let’s talk chintz. Chintz is the name of the floral patterned design on a light, plain background that can be seen all over Dolly Parton’s former home. While some people might say this second bedroom has elements of “granny style,” we trust that the wise Ms. Parton knowingly filled her home with frilly, old fashioned country pieces.
This elaborate chintzy comforter has pink tassels and trim, with a matching cylindrical pillow. We dare you to find this in any other celebrity home.
The House of Many Colors
Dolly Parton’s cute kitschy style continues in this bathroom. Unlike most white and sterile looking bathrooms, this room pops with lilac and mint green tiles and more warm wood fixtures.
Living as a child in the Smoky Mountains, Parton couldn’t enjoy luxuries like a hot bath. She remembers, “In the winter time, we just had a pan of water and we’d wash down as far as possible, and we’d wash up as far as possible. Then, when somebody cleared the room, we’d wash ‘possible.’”
A Cottage in a Cottage
One of the most unusual features of Dolly Parton’s country style Hollywood home is the renovated detached one-car garage. Rather than housing a Cadillac, this property was converted into a guest cottage. As you can see, the building holds a bedroom, a kitchenette, and bathroom facilities behind shutters.
We’re not sure we’d want to use a toilet right in the middle of someone’s living room and kitchen, but we guess it’s a good option in a pinch. Naturally, this room is also decorated with fresh flowers.
Magical Evenings in the Garden
As well as the various patios on Dolly Parton’s property, her cute country style home also features a tree covered courtyard. With luscious trees, multiple planters, and yet more hanging baskets, this outdoors area is an oasis in the Hollywood desert.
High trellised walls offer privacy while the country star and her friends or family enjoy drinks, dinner, and music in the courtyard. Parton’s patio furniture features warm burnt orange chair covers on a white wire table and chair set.
Antiques, Collectibles and Cacti
You may have noticed so far that Ms. Parton likes to collect and display various bits and bobs. A fan of trinkets, vases, interesting candlesticks and little boxes, the singer songwriter certainly doesn’t have a less is more mentality.
Speaking about her affinity for holding onto things, Parton remarked, “You should see my house […] I had a whole warehouse called the ‘Arts and Cr**’ building, because I can’t throw anything away…because I know how much people spent time on it.”
Dashingly Decked Out
In this snap of the entrance area to Dolly Parton’s former home, you can see lots of succulents planted inside a distressed old cabinet. Much like the brass sun that hangs above the entryway to the property, this area has brass cacti figurines alongside the real thing.
Artwork decorates walls inside and outside this home, as you can see from the bird painting on this wall. We love that this home feels overflowing with life and energy, rather than being stuffy and uptight.
She Bangs Her Own Drum
We’ll admit that Dolly Parton’s former home mightn’t be to everyone’s taste. In fact, some online sites referred to the property as a “fixer upper,” rather than admiring its kitsch and shabby chic warmth.
Well, “Backwoods Barbie” Dolly Parton famously declared that “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap,” proving the playful spirit that she approaches life with. Indeed, many have noticed how Parton uses aesthetics as a way of creating a world of her own.
The Mysterious Mr. Parton
So far, we haven’t mentioned the mysterious Mr. Parton, which is in keeping with his extra private persona. Dolly Parton met Carl Dean when she was 18 years old. They married in secret to avoid the press, with only a minister, his wife, and Dolly’s mother in attendance.
Carl Dean lives a simple life, and doesn’t attend events with his wife. Speaking on their over 50 year union, Parton said, “We’re really very proud of our marriage. It’s the first for both of us. And the last.”
A Home with Hollywood History
We know that this cute California bungalow was the home of Dolly Parton for some time, but the property actually has even more of a Hollywood history. Apparently, this was also the childhood home of actress Natalie Wood.
Wood started acting as a child, and her career came to symbolize modern American womanhood. Tragically, the West Side Story and Rebel Without a Cause actress passed away under suspicious circumstances in 1981, aged 43. The case is still open, with her ex-husband named as a person of interest.
Step into Dolly’s Shoes
Since Dolly Parton has moved out of her West Hollywood home, the property has been purchased and redecorated. While it no longer has pink walls and embroidered fabrics, the home does still have some remnants of its fabulous former owner, including this signature in the concrete.
The West Hollywood home is actually now an Airbnb, so you could step into Dolly’s shoes and enjoy the area yourself. The home still has lots of plants, but now has a grand piano and Calvin Klein bed linens.
Tennessee Born and Raised
Despite having her home in California, and several others across the USA, Dolly Parton refuses to permanently live in any state other than Tennessee. Raised in Locust Ridge, the Steel Magnolias actress misses the rolling mountains that she was raised in when she spends time elsewhere. In fact, she purchased and preserved one of her childhood homes.
Parton told Rolling Stone, “That ‘old country’ in me says, ‘What in the world are you doing walking on this concrete when you can be rolling in the grass?”
Dolly’s Main Residence
So where do Dolly Parton and her husband spend the majority of their time? Well, the pair reside in a large estate near Brentwood, Tennessee, named the Willow Lake Plantation. As you can see from this aerial shot, the home has a fetching red roof that gives the property a homely farm feel.
Dolly Dean (to use her married name) has over ten structures on this sprawling estate, as well as a tennis court, a swimming pool, and a chapel.
Living on the Gypsy Wagon
Of course, as a successful musician, Dolly Parton has spent many years on the road while touring. Interestingly, the country star doesn’t chose to stay in hotels and instead sleeps in her own tour bus, lovingly named the “Gypsy Wagon.”
The singer has said, “I live on my tour bus. Well it’s great, it’s got everything. There’s a place for all my show wigs of course. On the other side I’ve got room for my show clothes, and I have my kitchen. It is a home.”
She Wrote the Greatest Hits
Throughout her illustrious career, the dazzling Dolly Parton has written and recorded numerous long-lasting hits. Her self-penned track “Jolene” has been recorded by numerous other artists, and won Parton a Grammy Award when she rereleased it in 2016 with acapella group Pentatonix.
Perhaps her most famous song is “I Will Always Love You,” written for fellow country star and co-host Porter Wagoner. When Whitney Houston covered the track in 1992, it became one of the best-selling singles of all time.
The Multi-Talented Ms. Parton
Not content with being a hugely successful musician, Dolly Parton also worked as an actress. Her first feature film role was in comedy movie 9 to 5, alongside Hollywood royalty Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (pictured). Ever the multi-talented star, Parton wrote the famous theme song while on set, using her long acrylic nails as percussion.
The blonde bombshell then starred in two further movies, before appearing in Steel Magnolias in 1989 alongside Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Daryl Hannah and Shirley MacLaine.
Dollywood, Love Every Moment
We couldn’t wrap up this article about country star Dolly Parton’s West Hollywood home without mentioning her Smoky Mountains amusement park, Dollywood. The theme park has over 2.5 million guests per year, and includes Splash Country – a water park – the DreamMore Resort, and the Smoky Mountain Cabins.
The amazing location is in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and boasts rollercoasters and rides, stores and shows, and food and festivals. The Rhinestone actress is involved in running the park, and is referred to by employees as the “Dreamer in Chief.”
Aunt Granny and Godmother Dolly
While Dolly Parton and husband Carl Dean didn’t have any children, the singer considers herself a motherly figure to many kids. The singer and her husband raised several of her younger siblings, and her nieces and nephews refer to her as “Aunt Granny.”
Parton has said, “I’ve loved their kids just like they’re my grandkids, and now I’ve got great-grand-kids! Now I’m GeeGee, which is great-granny.” The “Two Doors Down” singer is also godmother to fellow Tennessee born star Miley Cyrus.
All Hail Miss Parton
It would be remiss if we closed our tour through Dolly’s former home and didn’t mention the singer’s multiple charitable efforts. As a way of reaching out and connecting with children across the world, Parton created Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library which sends one book per month to children from their time of birth until kindergarten.
Recently, Dolly Parton has helped with the global efforts for a new vaccine by donating $1 million towards scientific research. To use her own words – Dolly, we will always love you!
Starting in the Smoky Mountains
Before she hit the big time, Dolly Rebecca Parton lived in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with her parents and eleven siblings. The singer has described her family as “dirt poor,” and they resided together in a remote one-room cabin (pictured). Parton learned ballads and mountain folklore from her mother, and business savvy from her sharecropper father.
From this tiny cabin in the Appalachian mountains, one of the world’s greatest entertainers emerged. And things have never been the same since.
The Norma Triangle Neighborhood
Dolly Parton’s cute country style bungalow was built in 1923, and resides in the Norma Triangle neighborhood. Homes in this area sell for an average of $2 million, and are popular with actors and musicians. In fact, fellow fabulous blonde Marilyn Monroe also used to live there.
Norma Triangle encompasses the area bound by Doheny Drive and Beverly Hills on the west, Sunset Boulevard and Holloway Drive on the north, and Santa Monica Boulevard on the south. The upscale area boasts restaurants, shopping and parks.
Stunning Spanish Style Architecture
This adorable bungalow is a gated adobe style home with elements of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. The warm terracotta exterior, arched windows and wooden shutters are all typical of this style, which is based on homes built by Spanish colonizers in the southwest USA.
As well as the Spanish Colonial touches, the country star has warmed up the property with burnt orange fabrics, multicolored upholstery and floral prints galore. The home is also overflowing with greenery, as shown in this image.