The many homes of Marilyn Monroe, now worth millions: from her Manhattan penthouse to her Hollywood mansion … but did she really secretly meet with JFK at Bing Crosby’s house?

Where are Marilyn Monroe’s former homes and what are they worth, 60 years after her death? Photos: Top Ten Real Estate Deals, AP
August 4 marked the 60-year anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe, who would be 96 if she were still alive. Still a sex symbol today, and soon to be the subject of a new movie Blonde featuring Ana de Armas, the blonde bombshell started as a pin-up model before branching out into cinema.
Actress Marilyn Monroe in 1954. Photo: Hulton Getty

Famous for her comedies, such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Some Like it Hot (1959), Monroe was one of 20th Century Fox’s most bankable stars. She was the centrefold in the first issue of Playboy magazine and was even rumoured to have had an affair with President John F. Kennedy.

Marilyn Monroe on set in the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Photo: AP

Before the troubled starlet succumbed to an overdose of barbiturates at age 36 in 1962, she left many a mark on popular culture and, along with living large, also owned several suitably glamorous homes.

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From orphanages to a studio in Sherman Oaks

Marilyn Monroe: butter wouldn’t melt? Photo: Sam Shaw

An LA native, Monroe spent her childhood bouncing between orphanages and foster care after her mother, Gladys, had a breakdown and was unable to care for her. It was a lifestyle of frequent moves she would keep up for the rest of her life.

Marilyn Monroe and her first husband, James Dougherty. Photo: @historicwomens/Twitter

Married in 1942 at 16, Monroe lived with her first husband in a studio flat in Sherman Oaks. As her star began to rise, she sought a quickie divorce in Vegas and set out on her own.

A sprawling Runyon Canyon mansion

Baseball great Joe DiMaggio with Marilyn Monroe, his wife of less than a year, in 1955. Photo: Reuters

After stints staying at the women-only Hollywood Studio club and the Beverly Hills Hilton, Monroe and her second husband, New York Yankees-star Joe DiMaggio, moved into a sprawling Runyon Canyon mansion in the Hollywood Hills in 1954. Sadly their marriage lasted just nine months.

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The penthouse at Granville Towers

After her divorce from Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe rented the penthouse at Granville Towers. Photo: Top Ten Real Estate Deals

The once-again-solo Monroe then rented the penthouse at Granville Towers, one of the most spectacular buildings in West Hollywood.

The penthouse at Granville Towers makes striking use of its geometry. Photo: Top Ten Real Estate Deals
With a French Normandy style, the penthouse offers 2,000 sq ft across two floors, floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views, and striking architectural elements. In the early 2000s it was owned by Portia de Rossi and recently came back on the market for US$2.49 million.

A charming lake house in New York

The charming lake house where Marilyn Monroe had a Jewish wedding ceremony with her third husband, Arthur Miller. Photo: Top Ten Real Estate Deals

Marriage to playwright Arthur Miller in 1956 brought Monroe to New York. There, the couple was married at Westchester County Court, followed by a Jewish ceremony at a charming lake house in the French Country style, which sits across from the Waccabuc Country Club golf course.

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Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller’s marital house. Photo: Top Ten Real Estate Deals

Wrought iron, French doors, arched doorways and European fireplaces impart an old-world fairy tale allure to the 4,300 sq ft, six-bedroom mansion. It was listed in 2017 for US$1.65 million.

A 1960 photo of Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe with playwright husband Arthur Miller. Photo: EPA

Monroe and Miller split their time between a Manhattan penthouse and a Connecticut estate for the five tumultuous years of their marriage.

Bing Crosby’s 6,700 sq ft Rancho Mirage party pad

Marilyn Monroe is rumoured to have met President John F. Kennedy at Bing Crosby’s swanky pad. Photo: Top Ten Real Estate Deals

According to legend, Monroe’s rumoured affair with the dashing JFK took place at the homes of his celebrity friends. Supposedly, one of the president’s most visited love nests was the 6,700 sq ft Rancho Mirage party pad of superstar Bing Crosby.

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President John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe may have watched films in Bing Crosby’s plush home theatre. Photo: Top Ten Real Estate Deals

The palm-lined oasis in Riverside, California boasts an oversized swimming pool, a sprawling open floor plan, Moroccan wooden doors, three firepits and a bar. It was recently listed for US$5 million.

A Mediterranean-style home in Brentwood, LA

Marilyn Monroe bought this Brentwood home soon before she died. Photo: Top Ten Real Estate Deals

Following her third divorce, in 1961, the bombshell bought a Mediterranean-style home in LA’s Brentwood neighbourhood for US$75,000.

Marilyn Monroe’s Brentwood home had lush landscaping. Photo: Top Ten Real Estate Deals

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Built in 1929, the 2,100 sq ft home with lots of green grass, flowers and citrus trees, was the first that she bought on her own.

The kitchen of Marilyn Monroe’s Brentwood home. Photo: Top Ten Real Estate Deals

Most recently listed for US$6.9 million, the home sits on over 0.2 hectares (half an acre) of prime Southern California real estate and sports four bedrooms, exposed roof beams, a Mexican-tiled fireplace and a swimming pool shaded by mature trees.

The pool at Marilyn Monroe’s Brentwood home. Photo: Top Ten Real Estate Deals

In August 1962, four months after she bought the home, Monroe’s body was found face down and nude on the master bed with a phone in her hand. Some say that her ghost still haunts the spectacular mansion.

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  • Famous for films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like it Hot, Monroe’s three husbands include baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller
  • She lived in Hollywood and New York, is rumoured to have had a fling with President John F. Kennedy at Bing Crosby’s Rancho Mirage house, and died at her home in Brentwood, LA