Though many of our beloved movie stars and celebrities call Hollywood their workplace, it is actually the magical city of Beverly Hills that they call home. As far back as the 1700’s this city was first revered for it’s abundance of water. These days, the champagne, Chardonnay and trendy cocktails flow just as freely as that much sought after water, in celebration of million dollar deals, signed contracts and the winning of coveted awards. Without a doubt, this is where the rich and famous meet to eat, drink, and spend money in the 900 elite shops and boutiques that the city has become famous for.
Beverly Hills is roughly 5.7 miles in size with 34,000 residents. However, during the day this city bustles with over 200,000 people, some of whom work in Beverly Hills, and many who come to partake in the city’s high end offerings, and to just star gaze. It was in the 1940’s that the city really began to develop. With the infamous Rodeo Drive as it’s focus, the commercial district became known as the “Golden Triangle.” By the 1950’s it began to be recognized for it’s grand homes and the onslaught of movie production and later, many several television series. It is also home to The Beverly Hills Hotel, and The Beverly Wiltshire, where the movie Pretty Woman was filmed.
Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford led the stars to Beverly Hills when they built their mansion Pickfair in 1919. Today Beverly Hills is home to some of our most well-known celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Bruce Willis, Rod Stewart and the Hilton family. The list below represents some of the most enviable homes in Beverly Hills. This list is based on amenities, history and the most recent price recording.
10. Lisa Vanderpump’s Villa Rosa: $10 Million
Now that Beverly Hills Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump and her hubby Ken are empty nesters, they decided to downsize from their 17,000 square foot Beverly Hills mansion. Luckily they were able to find a nice, smaller 8,800 square foot mansion which Lisa named “Villa Rosa.” This home has five bedrooms, eight bathrooms and a two story library. Of course the master suite is to die for as is the chef’s kitchen and the media room. The outside grounds are breathtaking, with a large swimming pool and an exterior guest house. Villa Rosa can be seen on the show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and really is quite exquisite.
9. Madonna’s Sunset Boulevard Mansion: $19.5 Million
This house certainly seems worthy of our beloved Madonna. It comes complete with nine bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a screening room, a gym, two guesthouses, two dining rooms, and a pool. Madonna reportedly sold the house in 2013 for the above price, after having it sit for quite some time on the market. Considering she bought it in 2003 from actress Sela Ward, for a mere $12 million, she should be pretty happy with this transaction.
8. Yolanda and David Foster’s Mansion: $27 Million
Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, Yolanda Foster and her music mogul husband David Foster, have just listed this over the top palace for the above mentioned price. Built in 2009 this heart stopping home has over 11,000 square feet with six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and full walls of glass that bring the stunning mountain and ocean views from the outside in. Built in the style of a European Villa, it has an amazing kitchen with a custom fridge, well-known by fans of the show, as Yolanda organizes the shelves by produce color. Other amenities include a screening room, a recording studio, two spa bathrooms and a master bedroom terrace. Outside there is an infinity pool and citrus orchard.
7. Canyon Crest: $39 Million
This amazing property is owned by Bo Zarnegin, co-developer of The Peninsula Hotel. Zarnegin has said that he bought the property because it reminded him of Switzerland. This estate was built in 1939 and is a restored Monterey Colonial, designed by White House decorator, Michael S. Smith. This is one of the few estates in Beverly Hills that has been zoned and regarded as an equestrian estate. This home has seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, two large guest houses and additional staff quarters.
6. Ohana: $42 Million
This home was once owned by Jennifer Aniston, who also was responsible for the name Ohana, which refers to the Hawaiian concept for extended family. Ms. Aniston had the home redesigned by Stephen Shadley, renown architect and designer. This home features a chef’s gourmet kithcen, a prep and catering kitchen, a rosewood paneled formal living room and a secondary living room with a wet bar. Of course there are other amazing features including five bedrooms, seven and one half baths, sunken spa tub, gym and a motor court. Jen listed the home for sale back in 2011.
5. Ryan Seacrest Mansion: $49 Million
The well-known American Idol host and celebrity interviewer purchased this little beauty from Ellen DeGeneres in 2012. This nine bedroom property has a 9,299 square foot main house, three guest homes, two swimming pools, fruit trees and Koi ponds. Ellen bought the main house for $29 Million in 2007 and then purchased adjacent properties over a five year time span, making this property almost the size of a full city block.
4. Crescent Palace: $58 Million
This exquisite 48,000 square foot French Chateau style mansion sits on one acre right next to the Beverly Hills Hotel. Built by luxury developer Mohamed Hadid, this home was at one time one of the most expensive homes on the Beverly Hills market. Hadid said that Crescent Palace took him over 15 months to create and is constructed with limestone. Inside you will find a formal reception hall, a 90 foot gallery for displaying art, formal and informal dining rooms and his and her bathrooms, hers with a fireplace and his with a secret stair case leading to a roof top garden. Let’s not forget the 5,000 bottle wine cellar with dining room, a ballroom with a commercial kitchen that can hold 200 people and and a 40 person screening room. Many people may recognize Hadid as Lisa Vanderpump’s good friend from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
3. Beverly House: $115 Million
The legendary Beverly House was purchased by Marion Davies in 1946 for William Randolph Hearst, who moved there from San Simeon and lived there until his death. The main level includes a 50 foot entry hall with loggia, a living room with 22 foot high arched and detailed ceilings, and the famed library with hand carved woodwork and staircase leading to a second story wrap-around balcony and bookshelves.
The billiard room contains herringbone parquet floors and a massive carved stone fireplace mantle from San Simeon. There is also a formal dining room, breakfast room, and family room with outdoor terrace accommodating up to 400 for sit-down dining. A garden level contains an art-deco night club, wine cellar, and one of two projection rooms in the residence. The Beverly House was originally built by banking executive Milton Getz. A few interesting side notes: the Kennedys (John and Jackie) honeymooned here, and the famous horse-head-on-a bed scene from The Godfather was filmed here as well.
2. Fleur de Lys: $125 Million
Fleur de Lys was commissioned in 1996 by David Saperstein and his wife Suzanne. When they divorced in 2004, Suzanne received this over the top Beverly Hills mansion in the settlement. Records show that she then placed the house on the market in 2006. There have been several offers including one by Mariah Carey and another by Tamara Ecclestone, however it appears at this time, the house is still on the market. This 45,000 square foot property is situated on five acres and has twelve bedrooms and fifteen baths. It was modelled after King Louis XIV’s, Palace of Versailles. Other handy features are a fifty seat theater, a 1,200 meter running track and a grande ballroom.
1. Owlwood: $150 Million
This approximately 12,000 square foot Italian Renaissance-style main mansion was originally designed by noted architect Robert Farquhar and built in 1936 for Florence Quinn, the ex-wife of department store and real estate mogul Arthur Letts, Jr. Owlwood was later owned by a long list of wealthy magnates and celebrities including 20th Century Fox founder Joseph Schenk, oilman William Keck, and actor Tony Curtis. Tony sold the house in 1974 to young couple, Sonny and Cher and they flipped it just two years later. There are actually three properties that comprise Owlwood, including Jayne Mansfield’s “Pink Palace,” and the next door home of Esther Williams with original pool house, which now houses the estate’s recreational complex.
Owlwood sits on ten acres and actually has it’s own street. There are 22 rooms including nine bedrooms and twelve bathrooms. There is a greenhouse as well as a guard house. This is truly an elegant and long standing piece of history, and current real estate agents say that Owlwood could never be replicated today.