Nestled below the famous “Hollywood” sign, a mansion once owned by Bela Lugosi, the actor who played Count Dracula in the original 1931 film, is now on the market for a cool $3 million.
And while the grand Tudor-style home has had a number of famous residents since, including Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates and TV star Jon Cryer, it remains known to this day as “the Lugosi house.”
The hillside Los Angeles neighborhood is in fact still known as “Hollywoodland,” which is what the iconic sign said when it was first erected.
The renovated five-bedroom, five-bathroom home was Lugosi’s main haunt from 1934 to 1937, during the peak of his fame as one of Universal’s famed monsters. It has been said he would hike in the hills with his fourth wife, Lillian, and their dogs.
Forever connected to Lugosi, the home has had other famous inhabitants.
According to Realtor.com, Bates, who starred in “Misery,” “Titanic” and “American Horror Story” sold the home to Cryer for $859,000 in 1999. He sold it five years later for $1,367,000.
The home, also known as Westshire Manor or Castle La Paloma, underwent a major remodel and restoration after Cryer moved. Those improvements had led to the current asking price.
Constructed around 1932 by Frank W. Green, the home retains many vintage features from Lugosi’s era, including a ballroom-size living room with stone fireplace, a library and a formal dining room with iron-paned windows.
A grand foyer features a skylight. There is a gated courtyard entry, grassy yard and gardens. There also are a number of fountains on the property, a number of which date back to Lugosi’s time there. Vaulted beamed ceilings and bay windows add to the style of the house.
The home also boasts a master bedroom that features a marble fireplace and original tile work along with mahogany peg-and-groove flooring. The house also features hand-wrought ironwork throughout.
Other amenities in the 3,484-square-foot abode include a chef’s kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, heated spa, outdoor stone shower, gym and wine cellar. It is situated on a lot that is more than a quarter of an acre.
And just for chills, noted psychic Sylvia Browne once visited the home and claimed to have spotted Lugosi’s spirit in a hall, decked out in his Dracula cape.
In addition to “Dracula,” Lugosi, who died in 1956, also starred in a number of films in a career that spanned five decades and included the Golden Era of Hollywood. Titled include “White Zombie,” “The Raven” and “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” his last film, released three years after his death.