The 5 Largest Mansions in Los Angeles
Los Angeles has some of the most fabulous mansions in the entire world. The Platinum Triangle of Beverly Hills, Bel Air, and the Holmby Hills possess remarkable collection of estates, many exceeding 10,000 square feet and $10 million in value.
The following five homes stand out even in this rarified air. All are larger than 35,000 square feet and are worth who knows what — the smallest on this list was once listed for sale for $125 million.
So let’s get to it — the five largest estates in the Los Angeles area:
1. The Spelling Manor
594 S. Mapelton Drive, Holmby Hills
The Spelling Manor is a regular stop on our star homes tours and was built by uber-producer Aaron Spelling, the creator of a boggling array of Hollywood TV shows including Charlie’s Angels, the Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Dynasty, Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed. He purchased the Bing Crosby’s former estate on the 6-acre property and demolished it to build the largest house in Los Angeles County. It has 56,500 square feet, 17 bedrooms, 30 bathrooms, a bowling alley, a 100-car garage, and entire floor devoted to closets.
Daughter Tori grew up here and Aaron hired the University of Southern California marching band to play here for her 8th grade graduation. After his death, his wife Candy decided to “downsize” to a 20,000 foot condo in Century City.
She listed the estate for $150 million, and after 2 years it finally sold for $85 million in cash to Petra Ecclestone, the 22-year-old daughter of Formula 1 magnate Bernie Ecclestone. She considered a number of other estates, including #5 on this list, but she settled on the Spelling Manor because she felt — wait for it — that this was more of a “family home.”
2. The Pritzker Estate, Beverly Hills
1261 Angelo Drive
Second is the Pritzker Estate in Beverly Hills, owned by Anthony Pritzker, an heir to the Hyatt Hotels fortune. The main house sports 49,300 square feet, and the compound has has a two-level basement, bowling alley, game room, bar, media library, hairdressing area, gym, and an arts and crafts room. The total of all buildings is over 53,000 square feet.
3. Le Belvedere, Bel Air
630 Nimes Road
We also pass this estate on some of our Los Angeles tours and it’s one of my favorites. Mohammed Hadid, the ex-husband of Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Yolanda and friend of Lisa Vanderpump, built this house on a 2.2 acre lot just down the street from Liz Taylor’s former home.
It is a spare-no-expense masterpiece of high quality construction and old-world taste. It has 48,000 square feet, 10 bedrooms, 14 baths, and is rumored to have a construction cost of $59 million. The amenities include a 5,000 bottle wine cellar, a Moroccan room, a professional screening room, 19 fireplaces, and an elevator.
Hadid used to design 5-star hotels, and it looks like he’s brought this skill to mega-mansions. He recently sold a 35,000 square foot estate he built next door to the Beverly Hills Hotel for $58 million.
4. Alagem Residence, Bel Air
457 Bel Air Road
Just down the street lies the home of Packard Bell founder Beny Alagem, who now owns the Beverly Hilton Hotel. It as 6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and 45,891 square feet on about 4 acres.
5. Fleur de Lys, Holmby Hills
350 N Carolwood Drive
One of the true trophy homes in Los Angeles, Fleur de Lys has 12 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms in its 35,000 square feet. Owned by the real-estate owning Saperstein family, it has been on and off the markets for the past seven years. This was the second choice of Petra Ecclestone when she ultimately bought the Spelling Manor — it’s believed she balked at the $125 listing price. It finally sold in Spring of 2014 for $105 million CASH to an unknown buyer.It is truly a European palace — it has marble walls, limestone floors and plenty of gold embossing everywhere. It includes a cinema-style 50-seat movie theater, two kitchens, a ballroom, gym, and a pool house.
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