Updated 2/20: The gates to this one-acre estate part. You drive up to a large, circular motor court and see ... a place that looks like the home of a gaudy, '70s-era cocaine kingpin. What is the ever-critical, former American Idol judge Simon Cowell doing in a place better suited to Scarface? Who knows. (Update: Maybe noting. We're told by a reliable source that Cowell may have rented this place but never owned it.) Maybe that's why he's selling this Trousdale Estates-adjacent number in Bev Hills. (Apparently, he also tried to off-load the house for $20 million last fall, but couldn't find the right buyer.) The listing for the one-story house touts the pedigree of this "trophy estate"—it was designed by "world renowned architects & designers including Richard Landry, Didier Michot & Roy Sklarin"—but that doesn't mean that it's pretty. The 12,000-square-foot main house has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, two powder rooms, and marble as far as the eye can see, plus a guesthouse with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a seriously tropical garden. Cowell's asking $17.9 million.
· 917 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 [Zillow]
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