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Orson Welles Fans Can Rent the Hollywood Hills Estate Where the Filmmaker Wrote ‘Citizen Kane’

Apparently, other Hollywood luminaries like Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and David Bowie have also lived in the sprawling mansion.


In the market for a vacation getaway with some real Hollywood history behind it? Why not rent the sprawling Hollywood Hills estate where Orson Welles not only lived but also reportedly wrote Citizen Kane”? A curious new listing on home rental website HomeAway is playing up the apparent bonafides of the “Orson Welles Hollywood Hills Estate,” a four-bedroom, three-bathroom mansion that sleeps eight comfortably and can be yours for the relatively affordable asking price of about eight hundred bucks per night.

This 3,000 square foot “old Hollywood gem” was owned by Welles, and then went on to be owned and inhabited by a long list of other Hollywood luminaries, including Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and David Bowie. If nothing else, it sounds like a hell of a joint to try to crank out your own script.

Per the house’s listing, the “Cape Cod-style estate was originally built in 1928 and has an amazing Hollywood history. Sidney Toler, who played Charlie Chan in the late 30s and 40s, built the house. After several years the house was then inhabited by Orson Welles, the great American filmmaker, actor, theater director, screenwriter, and producer, who is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the twentieth century.”

The house “sits atop Sunset Boulevard” (appropriate) and includes a “15,000 square foot private knoll,” plus a “luxurious lagoon pool with a jacuzzi, surrounded by beautiful foliage, and a huge outdoor deck overlooking stunning views of Hollywood and beyond.”

No word on if the house includes a large pile of (seeming!) junk to sort through in hopes of finding life-altering treasure that helps clarify the meaning of one’s own life, but who knows?

You can check out the full listing over on HomeAway.

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