There are celebrities so well-known that they need to use only one name. The housing equivalent is Pickfair, the Beverly Hills Georgian manor whose name instantly summons images of old Hollywood and the days of glamour and opulence.
Pickfair has been listed for sale at $60 million. Designed by California architect Wallace Neff in 1919 and named after its original residents -- silent film actors Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford -- the house was originally a hunting lodge. It was later transformed into a 22-room mansion and is believed to be the first private property in Los Angeles to have its own swimming pool.In the 1920s, visitors to the home included everybody who was anybody -- George Bernard Shaw, Albert Einstein, H.G. Wells, Amelia Earhart, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joan Crawford and Noel Coward.
Fairbanks and Pickford divorced in 1936; Pickford resided in the mansion until her death in 1979.
The house stood empty for several years until it was bought by Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Later, while owned by actress Pia Zadora and her husband, Meshulam Riklis, the original structure was largely demolished and a new, larger mansion constructed in its place. Zadora and Riklis sold it in 2005 to a corporation.
Including the guest units and staff quarters, there are 17 bedrooms, 30 bathrooms, elevators, a ballroom-size living room, an indoor dome glass spa, a gym, a swimming pool, a 35-mm home theater, a discotheque and parking for 30 cars. The property, with sweeping views, is 2.7 acres.
Felix Pena of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, has the listing.