Celebrity Homes: Charlton Heston built Beverly Hills home in 1959

| Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, 2:33 p.m.

In 1959, after winning an Oscar for “Ben-Hur,” Charlton Heston and his wife, Lydia, hired architect William S. Beckett to design their dream home in the Coldwater Canyon neighborhood of Beverly Hills, Calif.

During construction, the Hestons visited often, going over the progress of the build and marveling at the home's views. It was where they frequently entertained friends and the scene of their golden wedding anniversary in 1994. The couple were married for 64 years by the time he died at the age of 84 in 2008; Lydia turned 92 in 2015.

Now, seven years after his death, the Heston home is for sale.

The 9,667-square-foot, five-bedroom, six-bath house is on more than three gated acres on a knoll with mountain views from almost every window. Grounds include parking for 10 cars, a swimming pool and tennis court, a built-in barbecue and meditation area.

There is also a three-story artist's studio accessed via elevator, which also contains a screening room, bedroom, bath and observation deck.

The interior of the main house has an open main living area. An office on a balcony overlooks a large two-story library. There is a formal dining room and a marble bar. The master suite has a fireplace, separate his-and-her baths and walk-in closets.

Charlton and Lydia Heston's family home of 56 years is priced at $12.2 million.

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