Inside legendary British-American comedian Bob Hope’s Los Angeles home on sale for $29m – complete with a tennis pavilion and a private mini-golf course

  • British-American comedian Bob Hope’s luxury mansion in Toluca Lake, is on the market for $29 million 
  • The 14,848-sq ft home includes eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, indoor pool and spa, billiard room and bar
  • Built in 1939 Bob and his wife Delores transformed the house into a more contemporary look in 1950
  • Bob, who hosted the Academy Awards 19 times, passed away in 2003 at his home, aged a 100

A luxurious mansion that used to belong to legendary British-American comedian Bob Hope has gone up for sale at a whopping $29 million in Toluca Lake – and it comes with its own miniature golf course.

The 14,848-sq ft home includes eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, indoor pool and spa, billiard room, bar and chef’s kitchen. As well as a guest house, staff quarters, staff offices and a large outdoor pool.

Spectacular features continue throughout the lavish pad that sits in the prestigious neighborhood, Los Angeles, with the Californian sunshine. 

This luxurious mansion that used to belong to legendary British-American comedian Bob Hope has gone up for sale at a whopping $29 million USD (£23.2m)

The 14,848-sq ft home includes eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, indoor pool and spa, billiard room, bar and chef’s kitchen and this huge outdoor pool

Built in 1939, Bob and his wife Delores went on to transformed the house from it’s original English traditional style into a more contemporary look in 1950 with a modern color choice in this sitting area

It’s nestled on five acres of mature evergreens with rose gardens – and has even been owned by US Presidents. Here is one of the bedrooms, kitted out in netural tones with a seating area, wooden floors and views over the garden 

Bob and his wife Delores transformed the house from its original 1939 English traditional style into a more contemporary look in 1950, nestled on five acres of mature evergreens with rose gardens – and has even been owned by US Presidents. 

Bob, who passed away in 2003 aged a 100-year-old, was born in London in 1903, named Leslie Townes Hope. He emigrated to the US with his parents at age four, where he would later adopt his comedic persona and swap the name Leslie to the shorter stage name Bob.

Bob’s distinctive appearance with his well-recognized ‘ski-jump nose’ came from reconstructive surgery after his face was crushed by a falling tree during his childhood.

By the age of 20, he was well on his way to stardom, performing one-liners on radio from 1934 and moving onto television in the 50s cementing the routines that would make him a household name.

Pimms anyone? The house has a tennis court as well and a sheltered seating area alongside it where guests can relax and enjoy the action on court 

If you’re looking for the Hollywood treatment this house has plenty of it, the opulence is evident in every room and corner of the gardens

The games room and office includes designer wood work with bursts of color and a very calming ‘less is more’ feel

The seating area looks out onto the one-hole golf course with tasteful colors throughout the room. Bob and Delores spent many evenings entertaining Hollywood’s elite here

His self-deprecating sense of humor made him the stuff of Hollywood legend. He appeared in 70 films, including a series of musical comedies with Bing Crosby. 

He hosted the Academy Awards show 19 times and appeared in many stage productions and television roles while writing 14 books. 

Towards the end of his career it was his poor eye sight that rendered him unable to read his cue cards and in October 1996 he ended his 60-year contract with NBC.

The chef’s kitchen sits neatly in one corner of the mansion and integrates the grey and white theme throughout

Elegant: The house has a neutral theme throughout and floor to ceiling windows to allow light to flood in over this seating area, complete with a marble coffee table and an elegant Hermes blanket to wrap up  in  

The dining table has enough room for 10 guests and is flooded with light, as well as offering views of the gardens 

The games room is lined with glass and wood cabinets where books and trophies have been put on display  

His final television special was broadcasted in November 1996. And following a brief appearance at the 50th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1997 he made his last TV appearance in a 1997 commercial.

Bob and Dolores went on to adopt four children, and were also legal guardians of the youngest daughter of a famous New York City bar owner.

Despite Bob’s comedic success, his true passion was golfing – something his home certainly accommodates for.

‘Golf is my real profession. Entertainment is just a sideline. I tell jokes to pay my greens fees,’ he once said.

The one-hole golf course, designed by the star himself, has two tee positions, sand traps and driving greens and it’s not the only unusual feature of the luxury home either.

The home also has a theatre and a gym with a steam and infrared sauna, a four-car garage, motor court, extensive security system, security office, and three electric gate entrances

Despite Bob’s broadcasting success, his true passion was golfing – something his home certainly accommodates for with the amount of green space available

Built in 1939 in an English traditional style, which Bob and his wife Delores transformed into a more contemporary look in 1950, the beautiful house is nestled on five acres of mature evergreens with rose gardens – and has even been owned by US Presidents.

The 14,848-sq ft. home is seen on TopTenRealEstateDeals.com and includes eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, indoor pool and spa, billiard room, bar and chef’s kitchen.

There is also a guest house, staff quarters, staff offices and large outdoor pool.

The one-hole golf course, designed by the star himself, has two tee positions, sand traps and driving greens

The private primary suite wing has two bedrooms, his-and-her baths and dressing rooms and a shared study – no doubt perfect for a budding comedian to write up one-liners

The private primary suite wing has two bedrooms, his-and-her baths and dressing rooms and a shared study – no doubt perfect for a budding comedian to write up one-liners.

There is a home theatre and a gym with a steam and infrared sauna, a four-car garage, motor court, extensive security system, security office, and three electric gate entrances.

So if you’re looking for the Hollywood treatment, you’d certainly be in luck.

An ancillary structure contains a tennis pavilion, commercial kitchen, security office, conference room and a walk-in fireproof safe.

Perfect for relaxing! The garden boasts an outdoor pool and loungers where guests can take a dip to cool off  

Pictured: The outdoor pool at Bob Hope’s home in Toluca Lake, LA located in the San Fernando Valley 19 km northwest of downtown. Other notable residents include Steve Carell and Melissa MCarthy

Toluca Lake is in the city of Los Angeles, California, located in the San Fernando Valley 19 km northwest of downtown. 

The neighborhood has had notable residents. Legendary film composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold lived there from 1938 to 1957, right on the lake. Famed actress Bette Davis built a house there. Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra also had houses there. More recently, it has been the home of entertainers such as Hilary Duff, Tara Strong, Steve Carell, Wayne Knight, Andy Garcia, and Melissa McCarthy. 

On the morning of July 27, 2003, Bob died of pneumonia at the age of 100 at this home,  two months after his 100th birthday, while Dolores died of natural causes at her home on September 19, 2011, aged 102. Their legacy – and property – remains; who knows which budding talent it could house next.

The listing is held by Kevin Dees of The Agency in Beverly Hills.


Bob Hope in his heyday. Born in London in 1903, named Leslie Townes Hope, he emigrated to the US with his parents at age four, where he would later adopt his comedic persona and swap the name Leslie to the shorter stage name Bob

Source: Read Full Article