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Michael and Eva Chow’s lavish former estate in Holmby Hills returns to market at $70M

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Nearly a decade in the making, the megamansion was modeled after Madrid’s Reina Sofia museum

The compound property occupies a 1.1-acre lot.
Photos by Anthony Barcelo, courtesy of Carl Gambino and Kurt Rappaport/Westside Estate Agency

Back on the market in Holmby Hills is the wildly extravagant former estate of ex-power couple Michael and Eva Chow. Married in 1992, Michael, the founder of the Mr. Chow Chinese restaurant chain, and Eva, a LACMA trustee who spearheaded the museum’s Art+Film Gala, split in 2017 after 25 years of marriage, and shortly thereafter began divesting themselves of their multiple jointly owned properties.

Concealed behind gates on a 1.1-acre lot, the Mapleton Drive estate was constructed from scratch over the better part of a decade. It was designed by Michael Chow, a renowned art connoisseur and collector, who drew upon Madrid’s Reina Sofia museum for inspiration.

A vivid illustration of the phrase, “no expense spared,” the sprawling residence’s unique features include carved wooden doors from a Spanish monastery, limestone floors, 400-year-old Moorish columns, 16th- and 17th-century Florentine ceilings, an Art Deco-style library paneled in rare Macassar ebony wood, and a rooftop terrace with 18th-century tiles. There’s also an outdoor ballroom, a swimming pool, and a three-story guest house that boasts a subterranean theater with aquarium-esque underwater views of the swimming pool.

Put on the market in 2018 with a $78 million pricetag, the property is now asking $69.975 million. Carl Gambino and Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency hold the listing.

The home’s locus is a vast atrium gallery with fireplaces on either end. The fireplaces’ design was borrowed from Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Art Deco-style library is lined from floor to ceiling with rare Macassar ebony wood,
Ancient columns add grandeur to the atrium gallery. The floor is antique wood from Bordeaux.
The kitchen is restaurant-grade, as one would expect—but few restaurants have limestone floors.
Windows in the lavish screening room provide underwater views of the swimming pool.
The theater is housed within the property’s three-story guest residence.