For Sale: A Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz House

exterior of lucy and desis home
Nick SpringettDating back to 1926, the former home of Lucy and Desi elegantly mixes Spanish architecture with contemporary finishes.

APLucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
By Catherine Sherman

The beds aren't pushed together, and Fred and Ethel don't live next door. But according to The Agency, "I Love Lucy" stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz lived in this Beverly Hills estate while their main residence down the street was being worked on.

The home at 602 N. Roxbury Drive is currently on the market for $6.985 million, as first reported by The Los Angeles Times. Dating back to 1926, it elegantly mixes Spanish architecture with contemporary finishes. The main level features a formal entryway, step-down dining room, spacious living room and eat-in kitchen. French doors open to a trellised loggia/patio with a fireplace for outdoor entertaining.

Ball was born in Jamestown, New York, and moved to Hollywood in the '30s to pursue her film career. In 1948, she was cast as the wife in "My Favorite Husband," a CBS radio program. Due to the show's success, it was developed for television as "I Love Lucy."

Arnaz and Ball were married for 20 years, and Arnaz played Lucy's on-screen husband, Ricky Ricardo. In addition to living in the 90210 during their Hollywood days, the couple were known to have partied with Humphrey Bogart and Bob Hope at Walt Disney's Palm Desert retreat. Arnaz died at age 69 in 1986; Ball died three years later at age 77.

Paul Lester and Aileen Comora are the listing agents.

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There's not one square inch of "hominess" to that house. SQUARE toilets? Really?

September 03 2014 at 4:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This house has been thoroughly modernized since they lived there. Ultra modern inside, which doesn't reflect it's Spanish theme on the outside. Although it's a very pretty house inside, it feels cold. Nice to look at but I wouldn't want to live there. No warmth.

September 02 2014 at 12:07 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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Practical Nomad

its Spanish theme, not it's (for it is) Spanish theme. Lucy and Desi stayed there temporarily while their primary residence was having work done. Perhaps we should list names of all Hotels they stayed at, certainly that'd be a factor for purchase? Please!

September 03 2014 at 4:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply