photography by COLDWELL BANKER GLOBAL LUXURY, HILTON & HYLAND, AND BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES
The most expensive US residential listing just went on the market—and owning the bragging rights will set you back $350 million.
Bel Air’s Chartwell Estate—formerly owned by late Univision head Jerry Perenchio—just went on the market for a record high asking price. But one look at the lavish property, and it’s easy to see why.
Sitting on more than 10.3 acres and featuring 25,000 square feet of living space, Chartwell is essentially the LA version of Versailles. It was inspired by 18th-century French Neoclassical style, and was built by renowned architect Sumner Spaulding in 1933. More like a chateau than an actual home, the space includes a ballroom, a wine cellar, and a formal salon. And that’s just the interior of the main house.
The vast outdoor area is expertly landscaped with sculpted gardens, multiple fountains, and sprawling lawns. There is a separate tennis court—as well as a 75-foot swimming pool and guest house—connected to the main home by an elevator and a tunnel (seriously). Oh, and there's also a subterranean 45-car garage.
The separate guest house is 5,700 square feet of equal opulence, and was designed by Wallace Neff, the famous architect largely responsible for creating the design known today as “California Style.”
Chartwell Estate also comes with quite the celebrity background. You might recognize the exterior from The Beverly Hillbillies, where it was used as the Clampetts' home. And after Perenchio bought the home in 1986, he recruited famous French decorator Henri Samuel—whose clients included members of the Vanderbilt and Rothschild families—to perform a multimillion-dollar upgrade and restoration. Undoubtedly, the new additions and upgraded decor contribute to today’s hefty price tag.
At $350 million, the estate is a solid $100 million more than the last property to hold the title of most expensive home in America—which coincidentally, was also located in Bel Air.
The property is listed with Jeff Hyland, Drew Fenton, and Gary Gold of Hilton & Hyland; Joyce Rey, Jade Mills, and Alexandra Allen of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury; and Drew and Susan Gitlin of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.
Source: Curbed LA
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