Here’s your chance to live like Academy Award-winners in the Hollywood home of Helen Mirren and her director husband, Taylor Hackford. Interested parties can either buy—or try.
Their elegant estate is on the market for $18.5 million—or $45,000 per month if a lease is more appealing.
The Spanish-style estate is legendary for both its history and its location, sitting on the edge of famous Runyon Canyon. It’s a favorite dog-walking and hiking spot for some of Hollywood’s most rich and famous, including Mirren and Hackford.
Set on 6.5 acres, the property offers 10,199 square feet of living space shared between a main residence and a three-bedroom guesthouse. An estate of this size is a unicorn in this historic and popular Hollywood Hills neighborhood.
The Hollywood estate of Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford
Estate in Hollywood Hills
“A residence of exquisite style and exceptional privacy, this remarkable compound abuts Runyon Canyon, at the top of a private winding drive with gorgeous landscaping, mature trees and Hollywood sophistication,” said Joyce Rey, who is listing the property with Stephen Apelian, both with Coldwell Banker Realty.
“With its celebrity pedigree, expansive grounds, and gracious indoor-outdoor design, this gated enclave is both a private sanctuary and a distinguished setting for lavish entertaining,” Rey continued.
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Brimming with Hollywood history, the estate was built in 1911. It’s has only had four owners over the past century, including Mirren and Hackford. It was constructed for Dustin Farnum, one of Hollywood’s first movie stars, who starred in Cecil B. DeMille‘s “Squaw Man,” the first feature film shot in Hollywood.
The journalist, columnist, and film producer Mark Hellinger, whose short story inspired “The Roaring Twenties,” starring Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney, purchased it from Farnum. Then came Gail Patrick, an actress who was also one of the first female producers, and was an executive producer on the original TV series “Perry Mason.”
Mirren and Hackford purchased the property, with its glittering views of Los Angeles and beyond, in the 1980s, and have enjoyed it ever since. It’s a sublime example of Old Hollywood architecture, restored and renovated.
The main residence spans 6,600 square feet, and has distinctive pops of color, with teal shutters, a red front door, and lavender wisteria when in bloom.
Inside the home, the refined features include a grand staircase, a gallery above the double-height entryway, a cozy paneled bar, and French doors galore.
Living room with French doors
There are also six fireplaces—even one in the kitchen, which also features a center island and a large butler’s pantry.
The main residence has five bedrooms, one of them a spacious master suite with a fireplace, luxe bathroom, and a balcony with city views.
Outside, the manicured gardens include trees that are over a century old, a classic swimming pool, and a wide terrace for lounging, dining, and entertaining.
Pool and terrace
In addition to a guesthouse, the five-car garage includes an office and apartment above. An entire entourage or extended family could be accommodated with ease.
Mirren and Hackford are ambivalent about letting go of their longtime love nest, according to the Wall Street Journal—which explains their “sale or rent” listing. They’re currently spending most of their time in a residence on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe.
Hackford, 76, won an Oscar for his live-action short film “Teenage Father” in 1979, and then went on to direct “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Against All Odds,” and the Ray Charles biopic “Ray,” which garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Director.
Mirren, 75, is an award-winning star of stage and screen. Among her numerous awards are an Academy Award (for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen”), four BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and one Tony Award. She was most recently seen in “F9.”