The home was originally developed and built in 1956 by the area’s biggest swimming pool contractor, Phil Anthony. Ms. MacClaine lived in the property in the late 1960s through the mid-1970s. She entertained extensively, hosting the Rat Pack’s Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., among others.
Also, this property has withstood development and remains in original form as nearby properties slowly sold off various parcels. However, this property could by subdivided as noted in the same article:
The current owners say that one quiet Sunday afternoon, not too long after they purchased the property, “Shirley and a group of her friends roared up the driveway on motorcycles! She wanted to show them this great place where she had so many great memories.” While always welcome, the current owners subsequently installed the second security gate at the top of their driveway, thus ensuring maximum privacy.
The property actually touches four different streets: Woodvale, Woodley, Valley Vista and Clear Valley. At one point, it was slated for subdivision into as many as six to eight homes, with ingress off Valley Vista Boulevard. While that scenario was bypassed, there still exists the opportunity to divide a parcel for building another compound structure such as a studio, guesthouse or a completely separate residence.
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