“Cielo” means heaven in Spanish.
And heaven was how 26-year-old actress Sharon Tate described her sprawling ranch-style home in Benedict Canyon, California in 1969.
She called it her “love house”.
Tragically, for Sharon and her house guests, her beautiful rented home became the scene of one of the most horrific and sensationalized tragedies in Hollywood history. I won’t even get into the gory details of the crime, it has been documented at great lengths on the Internet and TV shows and even movies. Suffice it to say, that if you want to find out more about the crime, Google will be your willing and able guide.
The thing I am interested in is Sharon Tate’s beloved house at 10050 Cielo Drive. Since the August 9th anniversary of that tragic crime is fast approaching, I’ve been scouring the net trying to find as many pictures of the house as I can (and there are many) but a good deal are copyrighted. So I’ve tried to compile some photos of the house that *I think* are in the public domain.
As a housie, who loves vintage homes (and the carefree era of the 1960′s) this home holds a special mystique for me. It does have a tragic echo to it when viewed in photos, in part because of the gruesome events that occurred there, and in part because the house no longer exists.
That’s right, the last house that Sharon Tate lived in was torn down in 1994. The entire property site was scrubbed and a massive new 17,000 square foot Mediterranean-style villa was built on the lot.
It is completely unrecognizable from the “love house” of the 1960′s that Sharon adored.