With the Holmby Hills megamansion Fleur de Lys selling for a mindboggling (and record-setting) $102 million, it's already been a wild year for super-high-priced real estate in Los Angeles. But now that one famously expensive (and hard-to-sell) megamansion is off the market, what's options are left for crazy-rich househunters? Look no further: here are the 25 most expensive houses for sale in LA County right now—some quietly pocket-listed, others on the good old public MLS. From the super-pedigreed, $135-million Beverly House to a $25-million contender for the World's Most Boring McMansion award, here are LA's most expensive houses, September 2014 edition.Read More
The 25 Most Expensive Houses For Sale in LA Right Now
British Formula One Racing heiress Petra Ecclestone bought this 56,500-square-foot Holmby Hills mansion in 2011, for a shocking $85 million—still well below the $150 million that sellers Aaron and Candy Spelling had been hoping for. Will Ecclestone fare better with her sale of The Manor? She began quietly shopping it around in July for $150 million (although rumor has it she'd take just enough to beat Fleur de Lys's $102-million record).
A hand-carved library, 29 bedrooms, 40 bathrooms, an Art Deco nightclub: Beverly House in Beverly HIlls has all of those things, plus more pedigree than it knows what to do with. Designed by Gordon Kauffman in the 1920s, it was purchased by actress Marion Davies in 1946 as a gift for her lover, newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst; in the 1950s, John F. and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned at the house; and it has a prominent role in The Godfather. The house is listed for $135 million.
1181 North Hillcrest Road
This over-the-top new-build house in Beverly Hills will satisfy both a desperate need to impress and a sweet tooth (see the candy room). The property is asking $85 million.
172 Bliss Canyon Road
This monster of a mansion in Bradbury Estates has been up for sale forever (two and a half years), and is now asking $10 million less than it was when we first saw it in 2012. Measuring 47,182 square feet, the palace took eight years to build and is filled to the brim with over-the-top luxurious amenities, like a 15-person spa, a 3D theater, a 2,000-bottle wine cellar, and a "temperature-controlled Trout Pond with 2 story Waterfall." There's also an underground firing range. It's asking $68 million.
Being sold fully furnished and with servants (if you're interested), the lavish Liongate Estate in Bel Air—once owned by country legend Kenny Rogers—totals about 24,000 square feet, with 11 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, custom water fountains, and a saltwater pool, plus two cool lions guarding the gates. It's listed for $65 million.
909 Hartford Way
This 25,000-square-foot house built in 2010 contains a bowling alley, a theater, and both indoor and outdoor pools. The asking price for this Beverly Hills property is $55 million.
La Villa Contenta
"Considered by many to be one of the great estates in the world ," Malibu's Villa Contenta has been on and off the market for years (for a time, you could buy just pieces of the property, like the insane, freestanding indoor pool). Here's the whole thing—greenhouse, natatorium, guest suite, guesthouse, and grounds that include "acres of manicured lawn" and a rose garden up for grabs, plus the giant house with "twin 18th-century chandeliers of amethyst and rock crystal" in the dining room. The property is asking $54 million.
1 Buggy Whip Drive
Truly the best deal on the list, this singular Rolling Hills residence has one story above ground and five stories below; Moroccan-style Turkish baths; hand-fitted wood ceilings; indoor and outdoor tennis courts (one to US Open regulations, the other to those of the French Open); and a powder room hidden in the library by trompe l'oeil bookshelves. All this fun plus nine bedrooms and 25 bathrooms for the low, low price of $53 million.
Sure, the Frank Gehry-designed Borman Estate is very expensive, but it's been discounted at least (it listed last year for $57.5 million). Located right on Malibu's tony Broad Beach and sited on 1.46 acres, the property has a tennis court, a lap pool, and a rare 160 feet of beach frontage. It's now listed for $49.75 million.
438 North Faring Road
Completed just this year, this flashy spec house comes with an infinity pool, a catering kitchen, and seven bedrooms. Originally shopped off-market for $48 million, the Holmby Hills house was pricechopped and put on the MLS a few months ago; it's now asking $45 million.
60 Beverly Park
"[E]xpansive gardens, rolling lawns & park-like grounds" surround this mansion in rich-and-gated Beverly Park. The 10-bedroom, 16-bath main residence includes a "coiffure salon," three offices, a conference room, and a wine cellar. Sharing the double lot with the main house are two guesthouses and, of course, parking for 30 cars. The pricetag on this "world-class trophy property" in Beverly Park: $45 million.
William H. Doheny Estate
This is the first time the oil-wealthy Doheny family's 1963 estate has been up for sale ever. Originally listed at $45 million, the 10,000-square-foot Hollywood Regency house sits on 3.63 acres in Bel Air and enjoys "[u]nparalleled privacy." All that for $43 million.
9904 Kip Drive
Guess? cofounder Armand Marciano is still trying to unload this enormous, 30,000-square-foot villa located on nearly 20 acres of land in Benedict Canyon. The property now has 10 bedrooms and 22 bathrooms; it also comes with a wine cellar, a screening room, and mosaic-tiled pool. Listed in 2011 for $63 million, it was chopped to $54.5 million last year and is now asking $43 million.
9133 Oriole Way
Looking to move into the famous, fancy Bird Streets quickly? Completed in 2014, this two-story house comes with all the chic furniture included. Instant home! The 12,530-square-foot house includes a full gym with a shower, a screening/media room, a library, a chef's kitchen, and an infinity pool. Plus, get a look at those views. All this is listed for $38 million.
2571 Wallingford Drive
It's pretty unusual for something that's only 14 years old to have a "timeless grandeur and elegance," but that's what the listing says about this place in Beverly Hills. Seven bedrooms and 15 bathrooms fit for a king or Ponzi-schemer, the house is sited on 5.2 acres in Beverly Crest. The ask is $37.5 million.
250 North Carolwood
This Holmby Hills "trophy traditional estate" is selling itself as a primo entertaining property, with "12ft coffered ceilings walnut floors imported Bardigilio marble archways and views to verdant grounds" to impress the heck out of your guests. It's also got an elevator, "oversized pool," and only one picture in its listing. Boo. The eight-bedroom, 13-bath residence is listed for $35 million.
9501 Gloaming Drive
All signs point to this property becoming a teardown: "One of the last opportunities to own significant acreage in prime Beverly Hills location with the opportunity to build the ultimate compound. 10+ acres up a gated and private drive," plus there's just one picture, of the backyard. (The Redfin listing shows a rendering of a run-of-the-mill boxy house—never good.) Regardless of the many unknowns, this property's asking $29.5 million.
1232 Sunset Plaza Drive
Once spotted in a commercial for a $75,000 hybrid car, this 13,000-square-foot mansion near the Sunset Strip has a guesthouse, a "wellness center," and a main house designed by Hagy Belzberg that contains "safe harbor for about 800 bottles of wine." Finally, a secure refuge for your embattled wine collection—yours for $28.8 million.
9555 Heather Road
Available "For a short period of time only" (several years now, actually) is the Beverly Hills estate that many, many celebrities have called home over the years, ranging from Cowardly Lion Bert Lahr to Paul McCartney. The 1941 compound, designed by Paul Williams, has eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and a bowling alley. It's asking $28.5 million.
1620 Carla Ridge
This Trousdale Estates house on the desirable Carla Ridge has a tree growing up through its middle and is outfitted with giant closets and the now-requisite infinity pool. Leave it to spec megamansion builder Nile Niami to crank out this example of the "Next Level of view modern estates." It's listed for $27.995 million.
385 Copa De Oro
Over 10,600 square feet and sited on just over an acre, this "perfect traditional Bel Air estate" comes with a Pilates studio, a formal dining room, and a lovely curved staircase. Outside, there's a pool and some very nicely landscaped entertaining space. The 2006 house is asking $27.5 million.
800 Linda Flora
Calling itself Palazzo della Figlia, this Bel Air estate is a "powerful and dramatic Tuscan Villa" with a Buddha statue in it. It also has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and six fireplaces, though we're not sure if that includes the one that's in what looks like a drained jacuzzi in the middle of the pool. Asking price is $27.5 million.
23746 Malibu Road
"A fantastic beach house, located in what is considered the best spot on the road," this residence just outside the Malibu Colony gates has a great, newish kitchen and its "original tea house which has been enclosed." Another bonus: a one-bedroom guesthouse with a full kitchen. The property's also just inches away from the water. It's listed for $27 million.
6970 Wildlife Road
"One of Malibu's most extraordinary architectural estates," this five-bedroom, seven-bath house on Point Dume is wired with smart home tech and has floor-to-ceiling windows for some incredible, unobstructed views of the water and shore. It's asking $25.95 million and it comes with beach rights to your own little piece of Point Dume.
34 Beverly Park Circle
If you guessed this house was the work of acclaimed bland McMansion-maker Richard Landry, you were right. The most exciting things about the villa in North Beverly Park is its "state of the art walk in safe" and "hidden spiral staircase." The 12,500-square-foot, eight-bedroom house is asking a cool $25 million.