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‘Beverly Hillbillies’ mansion now the most expensive home ever sold in LA

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The buyer is Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s son

An aerial shot of the large estate fronted by elaborate gardens.
The 10-acre estate features gardens, fountains, and a large swimming pool.
Photos by Jim Bartsch, courtesy of Hilton & Hyland

The Bel Air mansion that played the Clampett’s Beverly Hills home in the 1960s television show, The Beverly Hillbillies, has sold for a reported $150 million—a record-setting price not only for Los Angeles but California.

The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times both reported the sale, citing anonymous sources. The exact sale price isn’t known, but at roughly $150 million, it’s enough to make the property a record-setter locally and state-wide.

Called the Chartwell estate, the 10-acre property centers on a 25,000-square-foot, French neoclassical main residence.

Chartwell was built in 1933 and designed by Sumner Spaulding, the architect who also designed the Catalina Casino. The grounds include lavish gardens, fountains, grassy lawns, a 75-foot swimming pool, and a guest house designed by Wallace Neff.

Chartwell was last owned by late billionaire A. Jerrold Perrenchio, the chairman of Univision. The buyer was another media mogul: Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s son and co-chairman of the News Corp. publishing company.

The jaw-dropping sale of Chartwell is the second one in the neighborhood this year. It joins the $120 million sale of Aaron and Candy Spelling’s former home, The Manor, reported this July.

A large swimming pool with a pool house in the background.
The swimming pool is part of the elaborate grounds.
A mansion with a large green lawn in front of the house.
The main house measures roughly 25,000 square feet.
A fountain with a dirt path around it.
The 10-acre grounds are extensive.