A Los Angeles home that had been owned by “Green Acres” actor Eddie Albert for roughly 50 years is listing for $19.5 million.
In the Pacific Palisades neighborhood, the home is currently owned by landscape designer Jay Griffith, who has designed gardens for celebrities including Brad Pitt, he said. Mr. Griffith said he bought the property in 2006 for $7 million. He restored the wood and windows and lightly remodeled the kitchen in the roughly 4,800-square-foot house built in 1933. He also created a minimalist landscape “so you can stay focused on what really matters”: the canyons, mountains and ocean, he said. Mr. Griffith said he is selling to move to a larger property in the Santa Barbara area.
Mr. Albert, who died in 2005 at the age of 99, is known for playing a wealthy lawyer-turned-farmer on television’s “Green Acres,” which ran on CBS from 1965 to 1971. He appeared in films including “Roman Holiday” and “Oklahoma!” and was decorated for heroism for his service in the Battle of Tarawa in WWII, said Earle Zucht, Mr. Albert’s son-in-law. Mr. Albert and his wife Margo, a flamenco dancer and actress, bought the home in the mid-1950s and raised two children in the home, Mr. Zucht said. Mrs. Albert died in 1985 and Mr. Albert continued living in the house until his death, Mr. Zucht said.
“He was ‘green acres’ before ‘Green Acres,’” said Mr. Zucht, who said the Alberts grew much of their own food on the over-33,000-square-foot lot. The Alberts were friends with neighbor Ronald Reagan and held a “notorious” annual Christmas party, where celebrity guests would join the Alberts in making raucous music on the family’s piano, guitars and violins, Mr. Zucht recalled. Messrs. Zucht and Griffith said they hoped the buyer wouldn’t tear the house down to build a mansion.
Listed with Brett Lawyer of Carolwood.