When the historic Owlwood Estate--and its 10 acres of land--officially hit the market last month, details were few and far between. The asking price was available only on request (last year it was rumored to be going for $150 million), and all the facts and figures were available only on a password-protected website. Lucky, then, that the Hollywood Reporter noticed the listing video was floating around unprotected. That's either downright careless of The Agency (which has the listing) or, more likely, they're trying to drum up more publicity for the ludicrously enormous property--and we're playing right into their crafty hands. The video's now gone, but we snatched it first--watch the two-and-a-half minute video, narrated by Real Househusband of Beverly Hills Mauricio Umansky, to fly over the grounds, check out bathing beauty Esther Williams's pool and pool house, and get a quick peak at the 22-room Robert D. Farquhar-designed main house. Owlwood was originally three storied estates, variously home to Hotel Bel-Air founder Joseph Drown, 20th Century Fox founder Joseph Schenk, Superior Oil founder William Keck, Esther Williams, Jayne Mansfield, Tony Curtis, Sonny and Cher, Rudy Vallee, Engelbert Humperdinck, a carpet magnate, and a possible arms dealer. Today it's owned by the widow of subprime mortgage profiteer Roland Arnall.
· Inside L.A.'s Famed Owlwood Estate: A Super Sneak Peek [THR]
· Owlwood Archives [Curbed LA]