Actress Mitzi Gaynor’s Former Home Lists for $11.5 Million. Developer Nick Sinatra renovated the Beverly Hills property with the wishes of the 'South Pacific' star in mind.
A developer is selling the longtime Beverly Hills home of Mitzi Gaynor—after a renovation approved by the “South Pacific” actress—for $11.5 million.
Ms. Gaynor, now in her 80s, sold her home to developer Nick Sinatra last year for $4.9 million after meeting with him and making sure he wasn’t planning to tear it down. Mr. Sinatra said he kept her wishes in mind as he embarked on a restoration and renovation of the home: “What would Mitzi think? I want her to be wowed.”
Located on Arden Drive, the property includes a five-bedroom main house, a swimming pool and a pool house. Mr. Sinatra (no relation to singer Frank Sinatra), said the Spanish Revival style-house was built in 1929, with original details, such as a wrought-iron staircase, intact. His goal in doing the renovation, he said, was “to keep the old Hollywood feel, but bring in the modern amenities that people want.”
To that end, Mr. Sinatra, who is president of California-based American Coastal Properties, said he restored the swimming pool and installed a new roof, but used as many of the original terra-cotta tiles as possible. The house has a new kitchen, bathrooms, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems. He added an outdoor kitchen, a security system, a circular driveway and a motor court. He also built a new structure on the 1/3-acre property—a pool house with a guest bedroom, gym and sauna. The home has electrical vehicle chargers in the garage and porte-cochère.
Ms. Gaynor bought the house for $65,000 in 1960, following the box-office success of the 1958 film “South Pacific.” Ms. Gaynor has seen photos of the renovated property but hasn’t visited. In an emailed statement, she said: “I have so many wonderful memories tied to this home, so I’m delighted that so much care was taken to get even the smallest of details right in terms of the restoration.”
The listing agent is Lauri Lappin of Lappin Realty Group.
This article originally appeared on www.wsj.com on November 20, 2015.