In 1935, celeb gossip columnist Read Kendall of the Los Angeles Times reported that Al Jolson was abandoning New York to become a gentleman farmer in Encino, raising cows, chickens, walnuts, and oranges on a five-acre plot of land.
Jolson remodeled the place and enlarged the house before he and wife Ruby Keeler moved in. They adopted a baby boy, and since Jolson practiced for his musicals and movies, a soundproof room was added so that the infant could sleep. Over the next year, great danes were added to the mix, sleeping outside the child's window (this was the era of the Lindbergh kidnapping).
The second picture (from the Los Angeles Public Library's online collection) was taken at the dedication of Encino's post office in 1938--a year before Keeler left and divorced Jolson. That's him right in the center, holding a white hat. Don Amechi and Edward Everett Horton are also in the photo.
So. . . Al's career flopped, the marriage failed, and Junior stopped using the Jolson name as he grew up. But for several years, Al Jolson served as honorary mayor of Encino and President of its Chamber of Commerce. He remarried, and lived in the house until his death in 1950.
The house maintained its movie pedigree as well. It's back on the market at $9.79 million. Coldwell Banker of Encino lists the now-2 acre estate with 9 bedrooms, and BigTimeListings gives its lineage: the current owner bought it two years ago from Charlie Sheen's trust, who bought it from Katey Sagal, who bought it from Kirstie Alley in 1997. If you ever wanted to live in a place with star power, this must be it.