LA Times: A Well-Maintained Ranch-Style Home with a Star-Studded Past

A well-maintained ranch-style home with a star-studded past has sold in Brentwood for $5.219 million, or about $200,000 more than the asking price.

That the home exceeded expectations comes as little surprise. The 1930s house was designed by architect Cliff May, who popularized the California ranch house and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle synonymous with it. Adding to its pedigree, Rat Pack crooner Dean Martin once lived there.

Nearly a century since the home was built, May’s fingerprints remain evident throughout. Through pocketing doors, the sunny home expands to various courtyards with terra-cotta tile and verdant landscaping. The exterior is a confluence of white stucco, clay tile and ivy.


Mick Partridge