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Your Family Decorator: When it came to decorating, this ‘Golden Girl’ did what made her happy

Posted on June 17 2022

The late actress Betty White lived a full and long life, and fans worldwide mourned her death in December, just a few days short of her 100th birthday. Animal shelters have since been flooded with donations in her her memory. And flowers were placed at her home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. 

But the house where she and her late husband, Allen Ludden, lived for many years is not a mansion nor a villa. 

Built in 1952, the two-story house is an example of the New England Colonial-inspired style that inspired so many homes of its era — so light and charming. Surely there must have been a white picket fence at one point around the property. 

The house sold this month for around $10.68 million after being listed by Sotheby’s International Realty - Pacific Palisades Brokerage. 

The home is the picture of happiness, with its stonework, white clapboard, and canary-yellow shutters and front door. I would love to see the buyer keep it intact, although it was marketed for its land value and press reports say it’s likely to be razed. 

I recall visiting with Betty in 1991 when she came to the University of Charleston in West Virginia to receive an honorary degree from our school of design. It was my honor to bestow the scholarly hood to her during the ceremony. 

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