April 18, 2021

caferiopizza

Nuts about home

10-bedroom California mansion that Bing Crosby hits the market for $13.75million

The one-time Northern California home of ‘Silent Night’ singer Bing Crosby-that features a secret door that leads into a swanky speakeasy – has hit the market for $13.75 million

Located in the Hillsborough suburb, midway between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, the nearly 10,00 square-feet, English Tudor-style mansion once homed Crosby and his then-wife, actress Kathrynn Grant and their three young children from 1963 to 1966. 

While his time in this home was short-lived, the remnants of old-Hollywood glamour from Crosby’s era as a star still remain.

The grand ballroom/ living room space is a highlight of the 9,845 square-foot home built in 1930 and designed by J.K. Ballantine, Jr

Bing Crosby's former mansion features a formal garden grounds, a grand ballroom and living room space with a fireplace

Bing Crosby’s former mansion features a formal garden grounds, a grand ballroom and living room space with a fireplace

The nearly 10,000 square-foot home is located in the Hillsborough suburb-midway between San Francisco and Silicon Valley

The nearly 10,000 square-foot home is located in the Hillsborough suburb-midway between San Francisco and Silicon Valley

The nearly 10,00 square-feet, English Tudor-style mansion once homed Crosby and his then wife, actress Kathrynn Grant and their three young children

The nearly 10,00 square-feet, English Tudor-style mansion once homed Crosby and his then wife, actress Kathrynn Grant and their three young children

While Crosby's time in this home was short-lived, the remnants of old-Hollywood glamour from his era as a star still remain

While Crosby’s time in this home was short-lived, the remnants of old-Hollywood glamour from his era as a star still remain

The one-time Northern California home of 'Silent Night' singer Bing Crosby has hit the market for $13.75 million

The one-time Northern California home of ‘Silent Night’ singer Bing Crosby has hit the market for $13.75 million

The Hillsborough home's kitchen got major upgrades in 2014, including new white cabinets and a Sub-Zero refrigerator

The Hillsborough home’s kitchen got major upgrades in 2014, including new white cabinets and a Sub-Zero refrigerator

An avid golfer, Crosby fell in love with the home after a round of golf in Hillsborough when he was approached by the original owners and spontaneously invited to see the house

An avid golfer, Crosby fell in love with the home after a round of golf in Hillsborough when he was approached by the original owners and spontaneously invited to see the house

The home's new modern gourmet kitchen features custom inset white cabinetry and an eat-in island

The home’s new modern gourmet kitchen features custom inset white cabinetry and an eat-in island

'White Christmas' crooner Bing Crosby and his family lived on the Hillsborough estate from 1963 to 1966

‘White Christmas’ crooner Bing Crosby and his family lived on the Hillsborough estate from 1963 to 1966

The home features a  library/ music room with English Pickled Pine walls and built-in book shelves and a fireplace

The home features a  library/ music room with English Pickled Pine walls and built-in book shelves and a fireplace

The primary bedroom suite on second floor comes with two full bathrooms and walk-in closet all overlooking gardens

The primary bedroom suite on second floor comes with two full bathrooms and walk-in closet all overlooking gardens

According to the OMarshall Real Estate listing, Crosby and his family lived on the estate from 1963 to 1966. Crosby reportedly purchased the home for just $175,000 at the time- around $1.5 million when adjusted for inflation.

An avid golfer, Crosby fell in love with the home after a round of golf in Hillsborough when he was approached by the original owners and spontaneously invited to see the house, listing agent Joey Oliva told CNBC

The sell was the grand foyer with the wide oak staircase and impressive leaded glass picture window and door looking out to the tremendous lawn, the listing says. 

 ‘As soon as Bing saw the grand foyer with the wide oak staircase and glass lead picture window … he bought it on the spot,’ she says.    

'White Christmas' star Bing Crosby brought the home for $175,000 in 1963 which has recently hit the market for $13.75 million

 ‘White Christmas’ star Bing Crosby brought the home for $175,000 in 1963 which has recently hit the market for $13.75 million

Built in 1930 and designed by J.K. Ballantine, Jr., the spacious 9,845-square-foot home mansion has 10 bedroom and 10.5 bathrooms

Built in 1930 and designed by J.K. Ballantine, Jr., the spacious 9,845-square-foot home mansion has 10 bedroom and 10.5 bathrooms

Bing Crosby reportedly purchased the home for just $175,000 at the time- around $1.5 million when adjusted for inflation

Bing Crosby reportedly purchased the home for just $175,000 at the time- around $1.5 million when adjusted for inflation

One of the highlights of the property- which sits on 3 acres- is the spacious grounds with plenty of space for entertaining

One of the highlights of the property- which sits on 3 acres- is the spacious grounds with plenty of space for entertaining

The grounds of the Hillsborough property also filled with oak trees with mature gardens and lots of space to explore

The grounds of the Hillsborough property also filled with oak trees with mature gardens and lots of space to explore

The spacious residence sits on three acres of land, the grounds include a pool, terrace and grassy lawns

The spacious residence sits on three acres of land, the grounds include a pool, terrace and grassy lawns

The house features a heated pool surrounded by a large terrace with more than enough room to entertain guest

The house features a heated pool surrounded by a large terrace with more than enough room to entertain guest

The heated pool is one of the many features of the 10 bedroom, 105 bathroom Hillsborough mansion

The heated pool is one of the many features of the 10 bedroom, 105 bathroom Hillsborough mansion 

Built in 1930 and designed by J.K. Ballantine, Jr., the spacious 9,845-square-foot home mansion has 10 bedroom and 10.5 bathrooms. 

The home’s gated entrance has oak trees encircling the estate that was once called ‘Oak Lei’ by the original owners. The grounds also are filled with oak trees with mature gardens and lots of space to explore. 

The property features a formal garden grounds, a grand ballroom and living room space with a fireplace and a library/ music room with English Pickled Pine walls and built-in book shelves and a fireplace. 

The ballroom space even includes a secret door that leads into a bar room. 

The mansion also has a formal dining room that feature large leaded glass picture window and three sets of French doors which opens to the terrace and lawn.    

The upgraded gourmet kitchen features white cabinets, a large island, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine cooler, and a separate dining area with built-in banquet, as well as walk- in pantry

The upgraded gourmet kitchen features white cabinets, a large island, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine cooler, and a separate dining area with built-in banquet, as well as walk- in pantry

The home has undergone major remodeling, including extensive floor refinishing was completed this year

The home has undergone major remodeling, including extensive floor refinishing was completed this year

The 10-bedroom California mansion that Bing Crosby brought for $175,000 in 1963 hits the market for $13.75 million

The 10-bedroom California mansion that Bing Crosby brought for $175,000 in 1963 hits the market for $13.75 million

Crosby, who lived in the home in the 60's, starred in hits 'White Christmas', starred alongside grace Kelly in 'The Country Girl' and 'High Society' with Frank Sinatra

Crosby, who lived in the home in the 60’s, starred in hits ‘White Christmas’, starred alongside grace Kelly in ‘The Country Girl’ and ‘High Society’ with Frank Sinatra

In 2014 the home underwent a major remodel of the kitchen, pantry, mud room, laundry room and bathrooms

In 2014 the home underwent a major remodel of the kitchen, pantry, mud room, laundry room and bathrooms

The home is currently owned by Paul and Suzanne Roche, who purchased the property in 2014 for $8 million.

Suzanne told the Wall Street Journal that Crobsy once occupying the property was part of the home’s appeal. 

‘I loved the idea of it being Bing Crosby’s house, because I’m so into old Hollywood and the American Songbook,’ she said.

One of the highlights of the home is it’s large, elegant backyard. 

Featuring a heated pool surrounded by a large terrace with more than enough room to entertain guest. 

The property also has a three-car garage with a one-bedroom chauffeur apartment above.  

In 2014,the home underwent a major remodel of the kitchen, pantry, mud room, laundry room and bathrooms. 

More recently, an extensive floor refinishing was completed this year. 

Despite the modern makeover, the listing says all upgrades were thoughtfully planned to respect the original architecture. 

The homes former owner film career includes the widely-popular 'Road' film series co-starring the legendary comedian Bob Hope

The homes former owner film career includes the widely-popular ‘Road’ film series co-starring the legendary comedian Bob Hope

The ballroom/ living room space even includes a secret door that leads into a bar room

 The ballroom/ living room space even includes a secret door that leads into a bar room

The living room and  ballroom space even includes a secret door that leads into a bar room

The living room and  ballroom space even includes a secret door that leads into a bar room

The 9,845 square foot single family home, built in 1930,  has a grand total of 10 bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms

The 9,845 square foot single family home, built in 1930,  has a grand total of 10 bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms 

The home's gated entrance has oak trees encircling the estate that was once called 'Oak Lei' by the original owners

The home’s gated entrance has oak trees encircling the estate that was once called ‘Oak Lei’ by the original owners

Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1903, Crosby's career started alongside his friend Al Rinker when the pair launched the popular vaudeville act 'Two Boys and a Piano.'

Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1903, Crosby’s career started alongside his friend Al Rinker when the pair launched the popular vaudeville act ‘Two Boys and a Piano.’

The upgraded gourmet kitchen features white cabinets, a large island, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine cooler, and a separate dining area with built-in banquet, as well as walk- in pantry.

On the main floor of the home you can find a guest suite with new oak flooring and a renovated bathroom as well as an office and family room/playroom.

On the second floor are 5 additional bedrooms, including 3 full suites. 

The home’s primary bedroom comes with two full bathrooms and walk-in closet all overlooking gardens. 

Third floor features include a bunk room, a full bath, and a playroom.     

In 2014 the home underwent a major remodel of the kitchen, pantry, mud room, laundry room and bathrooms. More recently, an extensive floor refinishing was completed this year. Despite the modern makeover, the  listing says all upgrades were thoughtfully planned to respect the original architecture. 

Despite recent upgrades to the home, all upgrades were thoughtfully planned to respect the home's original architecture

Despite recent upgrades to the home, all upgrades were thoughtfully planned to respect the home’s original architecture

In 2014 the home underwent a major remodel of the kitchen, pantry, mud room, laundry room and bathrooms

In 2014 the home underwent a major remodel of the kitchen, pantry, mud room, laundry room and bathrooms

Crobsy, who lived in the home in the 1960's won an Academy Award in 1945 for Best Actor in 'Going My Way'

Crobsy, who lived in the home in the 1960’s won an Academy Award in 1945 for Best Actor in ‘Going My Way’

The iconic 20th century superstar, who passed in 1977, was a jack of all trades- Crosby was a radio, movie and television star most known for his hit song 'White Christmas' from the movie of the same name

The iconic 20th century superstar, who passed in 1977, was a jack of all trades- Crosby was a radio, movie and television star most known for his hit song ‘White Christmas’ from the movie of the same name

The third floor of the 9,845 square-foot home  features include a bunk room, a full bath, and a playroom

The third floor of the 9,845 square-foot home  features include a bunk room, a full bath, and a playroom

Bing Crosby, the home's former owner rose to superstardom after launching his popular radio show in 1931

Bing Crosby, the home’s former owner rose to superstardom after launching his popular radio show in 1931

The home's second floor includes 5 bedrooms- in total the 9,845 square- foot home has 10.5 bathrooms

The home’s second floor includes 5 bedrooms- in total the 9,845 square- foot home has 10.5 bathrooms 

Bing Crosby's former home in Hillsborough, California sits on 3 acres and its interior is 9,845 square-feet

Bing Crosby’s former home in Hillsborough, California sits on 3 acres and its interior is 9,845 square-feet

The single-family Hillsborough home includes a 3 car garage with a one bedroom apartment above

The single-family Hillsborough home includes a 3 car garage with a one bedroom apartment above

The home is located in Northern California's Hillsborough neighborhood- midway between San Francisco and Silicon Valley

The home is located in Northern California’s Hillsborough neighborhood- midway between San Francisco and Silicon Valley 

The iconic 20th century superstar, who passed in 1977, was a jack of all trades- Crosby was a radio, movie and television star most known for his hit song  ‘White Christmas’ from the movie of the same name. 

He rose to superstardom after launching his popular radio show in 1931. He went on to win an Academy Award in 1945 for Best Actor in ‘Going My Way’  

Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1903, his career started alongside his friend Al Rinker when the pair launched the popular vaudeville act ‘Two Boys and a Piano.’

His film career includes the widely-popular ‘Road’ film series co-starring the legendary comedian Bob Hope.

He starred in hits ‘White Christmas’, starred alongside grace Kelly in ‘The Country Girl’ and ‘High Society’ with Frank Sinatra.