One of the largest villas in the prestigious, guard-gated Century Woods Estates, custom-designed to echo grand European architecture and ties to the Queen of Technicolor, awaits a new owner.
10281 Century Woods Drive, Century city, Los Angeles, CA
GENELLE C BROWN
One of Hollywood’s busiest and most popular actresses from the 1940s to the ‘70s, Rhonda Fleming was a fiery redhead with fair skin and green eyes. She was the perfect actress for the mid-20thcentury advances in film colorization, so much in demand for the new technology that she earned the nickname Queen of Technicolor. Rhonda starred in classic films such as Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Spellbound, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and The Buster Keaton Story, a co-star with Hollywood’s most popular men, including Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Bob Hope, Charlton Heston, and four movies with Ronald Reagan. In the 1960s and ‘70s, Rhonda made the transition to television in hit shows such as Wagon Train, The Virginian and The Love Boat. Altogether, Rhonda performed in over 100 movie and television productions and even had a frequent stint as a Las Vegas nightclub act. Married six times, Rhonda and her fifth husband, Ted Mann, were among Hollywood’s most generous philanthropists. Their sunny villa, one of L.A.’s prettiest homes, is currently on the market.
Rhonda and Ted lived in one of the largest villas in the celebrity-hotspot Century Woods Estates. Measuring 9,604 square feet, the Fleming-Mann home has five bedrooms and six baths with a two-story, open-plan living area, six fireplaces and a private terrace with swimming pool. Huge windows allow the entire villa to be filled with sunlight and tropical views are seen from every window and door. Room sizes are vast; there are coffered-and-beamed ceilings, a guest wing with kitchenette, skylights, chef ’s kitchen with two islands, and multiple dining options that offer everything for entertaining on either a grand or intimate scale. Tall trees thrive indoors and are at home against tropical wall murals. Some of the home’s many extras include a hair salon, spa/exercise room with ballet barre, staff quarters and catwalk above the great room and the treetops of the two-story atrium. The villa is within walking distance of shopping, dining and entertainment.
Inspired by grand European architecture, the Mediterranean-styled, guard-gated complex of 36 villas has lushly landscaped grounds, a large clubhouse, both indoor-and-outdoor pools and spas, his-and-her locker rooms, and a tennis court. The development was built in 1990, designed by architect Peter Choate, who did a number of celebrity homes including Sharon Stone, Mel Brooks and Carol Burnett.
10281 Century Woods Drive, Century city, Los Angeles, CA 90067 is offered at $11,995,000.
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