Sierra Towers

Current and former residents of Sierra Towers (Curbed LA photo)

Sierra Towers celebrity condos in West Hollywood is an iconic residential building with a colorful history that stems largely from its long roster of celebrity inhabitants. The folks over at Curbed Los Angeles takes a look at some of the myths and facts of Sierra Towers that have evolved since its opening in 1966.

Sierra Towers stands 31 floors and is home to 146 condo units. Among its former and current inhabitants are the likes of Cher, Elton John, Evander Holyfield, George Hamilton, Courtney Cox, Joan Collins and many other A-list celebrities. The price for a condo at Sierra Towers has also been on the rise, according to Curbed LA. In 2011, at least 10 units are known to have been sold at an average price of $2.1 million.

So, what are some of the rumors/myths with regards to Sierra Towers? How about this: Sierra Towers got its plural name because initial plans were for there to be more than one tower. Also, Sierra Towers was initially to be part of Beverly Hills. However, residents of Beverly Hills were incensed with the height of the building so the city of Los Angeles stepped in and annexed the land.

One other rumor that has swirled for decades is that the “Chairman of the Board” himself, Frank Sinatra, personally helped to get the towers construction re-started after it had stalled because he was in desperate need of a home for his mother.

While all of the above may or may not be true, here are some facts parsed by Curbed LA. The building was switched to condos in 1974 and at the time a one bedroom unit went for $70,500 and a three-bedroom went for $152,500. Sierra Towers also only has two elevators, which has drawn some complaints because it limits remodeling options. At least according to former resident Tawny Kitean of 1980’s music video fame.

Finally, Curbed LA discovered this little nugget—Elton John’s 10-month-old son Zachary has his very own unit next to his fathers, John and life partner David Furnish.