A mansion that was personally designed for television producer Aaron Spelling (The Mod Squad, The Rookies, Charlie’s Angels, Beverly Hills 90210, 7th Heaven, Charmed, Jane’s House, Sunset Beach) and which has been much maligned by critics over the years for its ostentatiousness and huge size, is back on the market for $150 million. This would be the highest amount ever paid for a private home in the U.S.
Built in 1991, the estate is located in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, near Beverly Hills and Bel Air. The three neighborhoods have been dubbed Los Angeles’ Platinum Triangle.
Known as The Spelling Manor, it has a 56, 500 square foot house which sits on 4.7 acres of land and is said to be the largest private home in the Los Angeles area.
It was built in the style of a French Chateau, has 123 rooms, is 51.5 feet high, and comes with its own movie theatre, bowling alley, gym, four garages, swimming pool and three rooms just for wrapping presents. There’s also a 100 car parking lot.
There are 14 bedrooms, including a master suite with a “grand entrance, ” its own sitting room, a private office, a kitchenette, and his and her bathrooms.
Spelling built the mansion on a plot of land he acquired in 1988, for $12 million, whose house was originally built in 1932 by Gordon Kauffman and was once home to Bing Crosby. He tore the house down to build his new mansion.
After Spelling died there, in 2006, his widow, Candy, tried to sell it for $150 million in 2009, but had to settle for a paltry $85 million in 2011. It was then acquired by the daughter of British Formula One magnate Bernie Ecclestone, Petra Stunt.
Stunt proceeded to spend $20 million on upgrading the mansion, which was only twenty years old when she bought it. It was remodeled by the renowned design expert Gavin Brodin.
One notable change was the removal of a doll museum.
500 workers were said to have spent nine weeks on the renovations, which included new additions, such as a huge VIP lounge.