Author’s Home for Sale Includes Hidden Bar

Erika Riggs
April 17, 2013

The bookcases in a grand library conceal this Santa Monica home‘s secrets. One of the bookcases is counterfeit, hiding a true, Prohibition-style bar.

“You give it [the shelf] a light push, a panel opens and you have a wonderful bar with a sink and a wonderful little old countertop,” said agent Edward Fitz of The Agency, who shares the $29.95 million listing with Billy Rose.

The house was built in 1932, at the tail end of Prohibition. Surprisingly, a hidden bar isn’t that unusual in elaborate homes of that time period, Fitz says.

“If they had money and they wanted to have a bar in the home, this was the best way to stay discreet,” he said.

Besides the speakeasy bar, the property is one of the largest lots in Santa Monica, sitting on 3.3 acres at 609 E Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402.

“To find a lot that large within an easy walk of the the ocean in the city of Los Angeles is impossible,” Fitz said. “You can walk on sidewalks all the way from the home to the ocean.”

The home has everything expected on a lot that large: two guest houses, big rolling lawns, gardens, a lily pond, resort-style pool and children’s play area.

Although the home is located in Santa Monica, the grounds were used for the final scenes of the 1984 film “Beverly Hills Cop,” starring Eddie Murphy.

For the past several years, the home has been owned by author and actress Victoria Foyt, best known for “The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond” and “Save the Pearls: Revealing Eden.”