Marilyn Died Here: $3.6 Million Hollywood Landmark

In the market for a priceless piece of Hollywood history? Here's one that likely won't last long on the market. The home in L.A.'s Brentwood neighborhood where Marilyn Monroe died was recently listed for $3.595 million.

Last sold in 1994 for $995,000, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom house on Helena Drive has Spanish tile and original beamed ceilings.

It is 2,624 square feet on a 23,200-square-foot lot -- hardly Hollywood-star proportions -- though it does have a kidney-shaped swimming pool, lawn, courtyard and citrus grove.

On tiles embedded in the front stoop reads the fatefully inscribed Latin phrase Cursum Perficio, meaning "I have completed my journey."
Built in 1929, the hacienda-style home was purchased by Monroe about six months before her death, on Aug. 4, 1962, from an overdose of sleeping pills. She was 36 years old. Her purchase price reportedly was $90,000 and Monroe was making monthly mortgage payments of $320. It was the first home she ever owned though she lived in many places around Los Angeles (see any of the many Marilyn fan site for locations.)

Implied in the listing is the story of its famous resident: "Situated behind tall gates at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac ... affording privacy and seclusion." Obviously the house gets a lot of stalkers visitors, so those that want privacy (which is a general Brentwood resident M.O.) will welcome the barriers that surround the property.

The median price for a three-bedroom home in Brentwood is $1.635 million -- but Marilyn didn't live in those homes, did she?

With the 50th anniversary of her death two years away, the owners will surely have to deal with visitors around that occasion. Indeed, when Prudential California Realty agent David Offer first posted the listing last week on his website, it attracted a crowd of real estate agents and potential buyers (see photo), as well as television news trucks.

Monroe probably would not recognize the house today, which has gone through many renovations and upgrades under various owners. "This home was to be a dream come true where she could furnish it as she wanted and make it into a sanctuary," said Greg Schreiner, president of the Marilyn Remembered fan club. "It is ironic she would die in the only home she ever owned."

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