While it’s easy to imagine Walt Disney simply living in Disneyland, perhaps in one of the houses that dot Disneyland’s Main Street, the man behind Mickey Mouse actually built a custom estate in Los Angeles, about a half-hour drive from the “Happiest Place on Earth.”
Walt Disney’s home is listed for sale for $3,650,000. The French-Mediterranean style house was built in 1932 on a double lot in prestigious Los Feliz. Median Los Feliz home values are currently $835,900. “Wizard of Oz” actress Judy Garland once called Los Feliz home and currently, Natalie Portman as well as Jack Black. also reside there. According to property records, the home was last sold in 1977 for $207,002.
A gifted cartoonist and entrepreneur, Disney moved to Hollywood in 1923 to start a Hollywood studio with his brother. Within 10 years, Disney was famous for the creation of his new character, Mickey Mouse, and was working on a full-length animated film called “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” He was also beginning to dream up an elaborate amusement park.
Disney’s gated home in Los Feliz was home to the cartoonist, his wife, Lillian, and two daughters Diane and Sharon until 1945, when he moved into another home in Holmby Hills. The home features a Mediterranean-style entry in a circular rotunda and painted ceilings in the foyer and dining room as well as vaulted beamed ceilings throughout the rest of the house. According to a listing photo, the Disney home was featured in the January 1940 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.
Additionally, the 4-bedroom, 5-bath home has 6,388 square feet of living space with views of downtown L.A. throughout. Other original aspects of the home include stained leaded glass windows, a Juliet balcony, billiards room with sleeping porch, and a projection and screening room where Disney used to watch productions. Outside, the property still has the playhouse built for Disney’s daughters.
The listing is held by Patricia Ruben of Sotheby’s International Realty.