Home Of The Week
14954 Corona Del Mar
The sounds of laughter and toasting champagne glasses fill the warm summer air as crashing waves echo softly in the background and the setting sun meets the horizon. A star-studded guest list mingles in the backyard, reveling in the company of such luminaries as Charlie Chaplin, Suzanne Cloutier, Robert Ryan, and playwright Bertolt Brecht. The crowd parts to reveal the hosts of the evening, Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester.
Built in 1934, the Laughton Estate at 14954 Corona Del Mar was once the home of Academy Award winning-actor Charles Laughton, best known for his brilliant performances in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mutiny on the Bounty. He resided there from 1941 to 1949 with his wife, Elsa Lanchester, the memorable actress from the Bride of Frankenstein. Known for hosting renowned summer soirées, in the late 1940’s Charles also taught acting classes in the home’s downstairs theatre room. Among the regular attendees were Shelley Winters and Marilyn Monroe.
Today, the 1930s Mediterranean villa continues to be revered for its exceptional grandeur and historical significance. Perched high atop a 200-foot bluff hugging the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean, bask in 180-degree unobstructed whitewater views of the entire Queen’s necklace from Palos Verdes to Malibu. Measuring approximately 8,900 square feet, the 6 bedroom, 9 bathroom residence is rich in both character and masterful design. Recently undergoing a million dollar renovation, magnificent details grace the home including a chef’s kitchen draped in Carrera marble, exquisite ocean-view master retreat and lux bath, and screening room with bar.
Rich in Hollywood history, the former Laughton Estate offers the ultimate in opulent living and exceptional privacy along the coast.