The one-time Bel Air home of country crooner Kenny Rogers, known as Liongate, has just sold with all the art and furniture inside for $50 million to unidentified Americans who also looked at "several of the top estates in L.A." (Cue Beyoncé and Jay Z rumors, and let them be true, please.) According to the Wall Street Journal, the enormous, still-under-construction estate was listed about a year ago for $65 million, but was taken off the market "to allow construction on the guesthouse to finish." (Was that before or after casino mogul Steve Wynn's deal to buy it fell through?) The years-long expansion that took Liongate from 9,359 to 24,000 square feet was finally finished this past December, and the house was relisted, still asking $65 million.
According to the listing, the 11-bedroom, 17-bathroom mansion sits on almost two acres, and includes such outrageous facilities as a 12-seat theater, a glass elevator in the backyard that connects to the tennis courts, a 3,000-square-foot master suite, and parking for 25 cars. The original, smaller dwelling, built in 1938, was designed by Paul R. Williams. When Rogers purchased it, he put the two lions out by the gate, giving the estate its moniker. The Europeans who just sold the property bought it back in 2010 for $12.2 million.
· Los Angeles Estate Once Owned by Kenny Rogers Sells for $50 Million [WSJ]
· Bel Air Megamansion Liongate Hitting the Market for $65 Million [Curbed LA]