I’ve heard that the old Jack Oakie estate in Northridge has been sold. Is this last Valley relic of Hollywood’s golden era going to be demolished?

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The Kardashian sisters weren’t the first celebrities to settle in the Valley. Around 1940, when he starred with Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator, Oakie bought a rustic fieldstone manor on nearly ten acres at Devonshire and Reseda. Oakie joined Clark Gable, Betty Grable, and newlyweds Lucy and Desi out in horse country. Most of the star-owned acreage has been plowed under. In 2001, Oakie’s widow gave the property to USC, which sold it to developers, who sold it to the city. The house and land will be turned into a park with special fees paid by builders who surrounded them with malls and tracts.
 
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