Inside Bob Hope's Longtime Home
Bob Hope’s Toluca Lake home has finally sold for $15 million to businessman Ron Burkle. The estate was originally listed in 2013 for $27.5 million, according to Deadline, but the mogul acquired it for quite a discount and plans to restore the property that sits on 5.16 acres of land in Southern California.
The iconic comedian died of pneumonia at age 100 in 2003, and spent his last days at the house alongside his wife, Dolores, their four adopted children and their four grandchildren. “I can’t tell you how beautiful and serene and peaceful it was,” his daughter Linda said at the time. “He really left us with a smile on his face and no last words.”
All the Amenities
Five fireplaces, an elevator, a wet bar and an indoor pool are included in the over 14,000-square-foot interiors, which were overseen by realtor Craig Strong, executive director/estates division at Pacific Union International. Eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms can also be found in the spacious mansion, which was built in 1939.
The kitchen boasts a cool blue color scheme, with plenty of storage. A nearby dining table made it convenient for the Hopes to entertain their famous guests, rumored to include Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.
The stately built-ins add classic charm to this library/office area. In addition to the main residence, which was built by architect Richard Finkelhor, the sale also includes the nearby guest house.
Dolores, also passed away peacefully at their longtime home in 2011 at age 102. She was an avid golfer (proof of which can be found at the on-site golf course and putting green), and loved to build additions to both this piece of real estate and their property in Palm Springs. The changes reportedly prompted her husband to joke, “Hey, I need a map.”
A New Beginning
Their daughter, Linda, is happy with the new owner, according to the real estate company, as Burkle plans to preserve her father’s memory and keep the structure intact. The proceeds from the sale will go to the charitable foundation the late couple founded in their name, as instructed in Dolores’s will.