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The original home located at 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, Californiamarker, is infamous for being the scene of one of the Manson "family" murders. The house was designed by Robert Byrd in 1944 for Frenchmarker actress Michèle Morgan.

The French country style structure was located on three acres (12,000 m²) at the end of a cul-de-sac on Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, an area west of Hollywoodmarker in the Santa Monica Mountainsmarker that overlooks Beverly Hillsmarker and Bel Air. The hillside structure faced east and featured stone fireplaces, beamed ceilings, paned windows, a loft above the living room, a swimming pool and a guest house.

Past residents included Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon, Henry Fonda, Mark Lindsay, Paul Revere & The Raiders Manager Roger Hart (lease in Hart's name) with roommate Terry Melcher (the son of actress Doris Day) and Melcher's girlfriend, actress Candice Bergen. The couple split in early 1969 with Melcher relocating to Malibu.

In February 1969, Roman Polanski and his wife Sharon Tate rented the home from owner Rudi Altobelli. On August 9, 1969, the home became the scene of the murders of Tate, Wojciech Frykowski, Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring and Steven Parent at the hands of the Charles Manson "Family". William Garretson, Altobelli's caretaker and an acquaintance of Parent, lived in the guest house behind the main house and was unaware of the murders until the next morning when he was taken into custody by police officers who had arrived at the scene.

The final resident of the original house was the musician Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Reznor moved into the house in the early 1990s and had a recording studio built inside. This studio, dubbed Pig (sometimes called Le Pig) in a reference to the fact that one of the murderers had written "Pig" in Tate's blood on the front door of the house during the murders, was the site of recording sessions for Nine Inch Nails' 1992 EP Broken and 1994 album The Downward Spiral as well as Marilyn Manson's 1994 Reznor-produced debut album Portrait of an American Family. Reznor moved out of the house in December 1993, later explaining that "there was too much history in that house for me to handle." He insists that he did not know that the address was site of the Manson murders when he bought the place.

Reznor made a statement about working in the Tate house during a 1997 interview with Rolling Stone:

Reznor took the front door of the house with him when he moved out, installing it at Nothing Studios, his new recording studio/record label headquarters in New Orleansmarker. In 1994, the owner demolished the house and replaced it with a new mansion called Villa Bella with a new street address of 10066 Cielo Drive. The current owner of the house is Hollywood producer Jeff Franklin.

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