House of the Day: Jockey Billy Pearson's La Jolla Place

At AOL Real Estate we love nothing more than a gorgeous home with A-list associations and this one's got beauty and star power to boot!

This newly-listed, $14.9 million mansion in La Jolla, Calif., belonged to the late jockey Billy Pearson, who was credited with over 800 victories in the 1940s and '50s and was close to Hollywood heavyweights like director John Huston and dancer Gene Kelly. The perpetually star-studded home also served as a staging ground for Bing Crosby and fellow actor and singer Burl Ives.

Horseman and his Hollywood posse aside, the 10,000-square-foot home is still outstanding on its own merits. The sprawling, six-bedroom manse boasts ocean views, a home theater, a colossal wine cellar and five courtyards. Plus, it's been designated a historic site and was modeled after Italian opera house "Teatro La Fenice" by the celebrated architect Tom Sheperd.

Andrew Karrigan of Teles Properties has the listing.

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