This Sprawling Sun Valley Compound Has A Star-Studded History

Recently put on the market, this stunning Idaho estate served as one of the main filming locations of Bus Stop (1956), directed by Pulitzer Prize-winner Joshua Logan and starring Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. Located in Sun Valley, Idaho, and listed at $15.99 Million, the twelve-acre property includes the main house, a guest house, and a barn set up for entertaining. It is the guesthouse that once played host to Monroe, portrayed as “Grace’s Diner” as well as the location for several other films. The 2000-square-foot guesthouse features two beds, two-and-a-half baths, and lots of old Hollywood history. The nearby “party barn” is a 3000-square-foot event space that features a magnificent dormitory, a fully fitted kitchen, a living area, one-and-a-half baths, a terrace, a conservatory, and several heated garages.

The main house is a beautifully designed 6000-square-foot modern craftsman with five bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, a study, and a spacious open floor plan that connects the living and dining areas. The home’s two levels and prominent windows showcase the spectacular mountain views. The home features warm mahogany wood accents and multiple stone fireplaces, a three-car garage, an outdoor hot tub, a huge fire pit, and several terraces with water features. Breathtaking views of Bald Mountain, as well as the Smokey and Boulder Mountains, are visible from all three of the estate’s units. An artificial lake complete’s the property’s serene look and feel. Private and secluded, the estate is located far from the hustle and bustle of the city but close to the famous ski slopes of Sun Valley.

Sun Valley, Idaho is a resort town best known for its alpine ski area at Bald Mountain. The challenging slopes, substantial vertical drop, and lack of wind make “Baldy” one of the world’s best ski mountains, while nearby Dollar Mountain provides gentler slopes for novices and was the site of the world’s first chair lift. The region has been a seasonal haven for celebrities since the days of Hollywood’s Golden Age, hosting Ernest Hemmingway (who wrote For Whom the Bells Tolls while staying at the Sun Valley Lodge), Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Lucille Ball, and, of course, Marilyn Monroe. It continues to draw notables to this day, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Ashton Kutcher, Clint Eastwood, Demi Moore, and Tom Hanks owning vacation homes in the area.

The listing is held by Engel & Völkers Sun Valley in Ketchum, Idaho.

Photography via Engel & Völkers Sun Valley.

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