A classic French castle-style home in the middle of Beverly Hills has sold for $32 million—the most expensive house to sell so far this year in the posh, gated community of Beverly Park, according to property records reviewed on site Redfin.
Architect Richard Landry designed the 23,000-square-foot mansion, with spiked turrets and a moat-like reflection pool. He’s behind a number of elaborate houses in the gated neighborhood as well as megamansions for celebrity clientele, including Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, Mark Wahlberg and Sylvester Stallone.
John Simonian, the founder of luxury watch company Westime, bought the lavish estate, a source confirmed to Mansion Global. The seller is an investment group under the name Danko Holdings LLC, which closed on the home on March 27, according to property records. Mr. Simonian could not immediately be reached for comment.
The sellers first listed the property in November, asking $45 million.
“Beverly Park is possibly the most exclusive neighborhood in the nation. Everyone from A-list celebrities, kings and queens, and captains of industry all live in Beverly Park,” said Aaron Kirman of Pacific Union International. Mr. Kirman represented the sellers along with Neyshia Go, also of Pacific Union.
Jeff Hyland of Hilton & Hyland represented the seller.
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The 10-bedroom mansion has the look of a Disney castle with its tiered fountains and steeply pitched slate roofs. One of its more lavish details is a freestanding one-story pavilion that houses a wood-paneled library, said Brian Pinkett, a partner in Mr. Landry’s Landry Design Group. “There are arched windows all around and an oculus. Look down and you see the brick wine cellar,” Mr. Pinkett said.
Other storybook details include a grand ballroom that opens onto a covered loggia—the architect’s nod to the indoor-outdoor living of Southern California.
It also has a spa with treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a Moroccan-themed home theater and tennis courts.
Mr. Landry originally built the estate for a businessman and his family in 2008-09, Mr. Pinkett previously told Mansion Global.
The sale marks one of the most expensive deals ever in the gated community, which encompasses a nearby megamansion that sold in November 2017 for $38 million, property records show.
The Los Angeles Times first reported the sale.
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