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Inside Bette Davis's former coastal home – a stunning French Normandy estate in Laguna Beach

The sprawling beachfront home is on the market for $19,995,000...

Bette Davis's house
(Image credit: Images by Modern Take for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty)

A beautiful beachfront property that was once the home of screen legend Bette Davis has gone on the market for $19.995 million.

The sprawling estate boasts 5,472 sq ft of space with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. It’s built in a French Normandy style and sits on prime real estate on Laguna Beach; the property has even earned a spot on the registry of historic places. 

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Bette Davis's house

(Image credit: Images by Modern Take for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty)

A private courtyard entry takes you to the home’s main entrance, guest house entrance, and dining terrace with stairs leading to a sun-soaked lounge area with direct stair access to the beach below.

Bette Davis's house

(Image credit: Images by Modern Take for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty)

The home is decorated in a modern coastal style and boasts uninterrupted ocean views from many of the rooms. 

Bette Davis's house

(Image credit: Images by Modern Take for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty)

The main house has a great room that leads to a relaxing lookout room, adjoining family room and dining room, all offering those soul-stirring sea views.

Bette Davis's house

(Image credit: Images by Modern Take for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty)

Bette Davis's house

(Image credit: Images by Modern Take for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty)
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Bette Davis's house

(Image credit: Images by Modern Take for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty)

The bright, white kitchen has an eating nook and top-end stainless steel appliances.

Bette Davis's house

(Image credit: Images by Modern Take for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty)

The home encircles a central spiral staircase, which is topped with a grand conical roof and spire. 

The master suite sits above the great room, and has an interior Juliet balcony as well as a large ocean-view terrace.

Bette Davis's house

(Image credit: Images by Modern Take for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty)
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Bette Davis's house

(Image credit: Images by Modern Take for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty)

And, when it's time for family relaxing and entertaining, the lower level boasts a bar and media room, wine cellar, gym, and ocean-view bedroom.

Bette Davis's house

(Image credit: Images by Modern Take for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty)

Bette Davis's house

(Image credit: Images by Modern Take for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty)

Bette Davis's house

(Image credit: Images by Modern Take for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty)

There's also a separate guest house, making this perfect for anyone with a love of entertaining or hosting family and friends.

And it's all a beach pebble's throwing distance to the art galleries and boutiques of Laguna Beach, while remaining a private and tranquil retreat.

Bette Davis's house

(Image credit: Modern Take for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty )

The property is listed with John Cain at Pacific Sotheby's International Realty.

Who was Bette Davis?

Bette Davis was a legendary, Oscar-winning movie star with a career spanning over 50 years. She won the Best Actress gong for Dangerous in 1935, picking up the honour again in 1938 for Jezebel.  She was Oscar-nominated 10 times, and her last nomination was for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? in which she co-starred with Joan Crawford. She passed away in 1989 at the age of 81 following a battle with breast cancer. In 1999, Davis placed second behind Katharine Hepburn on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female stars of the classical Hollywood cinema era.

Ruth Doherty

Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.