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The Hollywood Home Lucille Ball Moved Into In Her 20s Is For Sale

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The first L.A. home of the legendary Lucille Ball is on the market for $1.75 million, Curbed LA reports.

The home is located at 1344 N. Ogden Drive, just a short walk from Meltdown Comics. Back in 1933, a 22-year-old Lucille Ball purchased the home after signing a contract with RKO Pictures, according to Dear Old Hollywood. At this point in Ball's career, she had landed one small role in the RKO film Roman Scandals. However, the contract was enough to get Ball to uproot her life in New York and head to the West Coast. She brought along her mother, brother and grandfather, and they all moved into this charming two-bed, two-bath home.

Ball and her family lived there for many years until Ball got her own apartment, leaving her family to live there without her. Ball's grandfather, Fred Hunt, identified as a Communist and used the home to host meetings for the party. Ball herself registered as a Communist in 1936, which ultimately led to Ball being questioned by the House Un-American Activities Committee, the same committee that prolific screenwriter Dalton Trumbo refused to testify before, leading to his years-long blacklisting from the industry. Ball testified that at the time, she knew very little about politics but had registered as a Communist to please her very political grandfather. Her mother and brother both testified that they had done the same thing. Ball found support among her fans, and Desi Arnaz told The Times in 1953 that they were did not harbor any grudges about the whole thing.

According to the listing, the two-bed, two-bath home was built in 1919 and is the "best location on the street."

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Hardwood floors and crown molding throughout, Avocado & Lemon trees, Decks off Master and Kitchen, Hot Tub, Gorgeous German Green stone kitchen, Instant water heater, Dormers in attic. Too many incredible upgrades to list.

Ball would later come to reside at 1000 N. Roxbury Dr. in Beverly Hills, the same street once occupied by stars like Jack Benny, Jimmy Stewart and Rosemary Clooney.