The Brentwood, CA, estate of the late actor James Garner sold in mid-March for $10 million in an off-market transaction.
Built in 1966, the modern home features three bedrooms, five bathrooms, and over 4,300 square feet of living space. It sits on nearly an acre of land up in the hills above Brentwood.
In a neighborhood stuffed with high-priced properties, the home (and its large lot) seems a likely candidate for a drastic makeover.
On the other hand, the home’s history could prove an obstacle that stands in the way of a total teardown. It was designed by the legendary Southern California architects Buff and Hensman and was cited in 2013 as a “excellent example of Late Modernism.”
For context on neighborhood pricing, just up the street from Garner’s home is a brand-new spec home on the market for $5.5 million—albeit on a much smaller lot. The median price per square foot in the 90049 ZIP code is currently $895—which means that the buyers of the Garner property paid a significant premium, at nearly $2,300 per square foot.
And while we aren’t 100% sure this is the same house, Garner’s daughter did share an interesting anecdote on Twitter about life growing up in Brentwood. There’s a similar anecdote about the Brentwood neighborhood in the book “Steve McQueen: A Biography,” shared by a friend of McQueen’s.
Garner passed away at this residence at the age of 86 in 2014. The beloved actor was nominated for 15 Emmy Awards during his television career, and won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1977 for his starring role in “The Rockford Files.” He starred in over 50 films, most notably “Victor/Victoria,” “Murphy’s Romance,” and “The Great Escape.”
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