"This house became famous because it was rumored that Howard Hughes used to own the house," Josh said of the late business tycoon during an interview during the episode. "And he not only partied there, but let a bunch of his girlfriends live there."
"This is a very famous house," he echoed to the abode's owners. "So I was kind of pumped when I got the call."
Hughes was a manufacturer, aviator, and film producer who was known as one of the most financially successful people in the world before he passed away in 1976. "The guy was a legend," Josh explained in an interview. "He was obsessed with planes and movies and spending his fortune on real estate. I can already feel his personality reflected in the swanky, midcentury vibes flowing through this house."
While Josh's clients, who purchased the 4,602-square-foot mid-century modern abode for $7.5 million, put $2.8 million into renovating the home, much of the property (including the backyard pool) remains as it did when it was first built. "We tried to keep as much original as possible," one of the owners explained during the episode. The choice to update the plumbing, appliances, and electric, Josh noted, was very strategic. "People love the old look of houses," he explained. "But they don't want old plumbing."
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While updating the entertainer's kitchen with modern appliances, the owners also raised the room's ceiling by two feet.
Sunken Living Room
"This is classic '60s right here," Josh said of the space. "I love every part of it."
Open Dining Area
"The house is really open," one of the owners said during the episode. "So it kind of flows."
The fireplace and clock, built in 1960, were part of the the original home.
Altman noted that the "awesome studio," used by one of the owners who was a musician, "could be a bedroom."
"This is super, super rare in Trousdale," Josh noted of the roof deck featuring an outdoor fireplace and multiple seating areas. So rare, in fact, that he later noted the space was "one of the only, if not the only, rooftop decks in Trousdale."
"What's actually unique about this property is that you have two yards," Josh said during an open house. "You've got the front yard and the back, which is rare in Trousdale." Earlier in the episode, the owners explained that everything about the backyard, including the pool's diving board, was original.
The home had four bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom, flooded with natural light thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows.
Some of the home's chic four-and-a-half bathrooms featured salt stone counters.
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