Hovering above the city like a floating palace, Penthouse 40—the Mansion in the Sky—is the epitome of modern luxury living at the highest level.
Hovering above the city like a floating palace, Penthouse 40—the Mansion in the Sky—is the epitome of modern luxury living at the highest level.
Acquired for $20 million in 2017 by actor, comedian and playwright Matthew Perry—best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the TV sitcom Friends—this full-floor circular penthouse atop one of the L.A.’s most exclusive buildings hit the market recently with a whopping $35 million price tag. What does the new homeowner lucky enough to snag this ritzy four-bedroom, eight-bath trophy property garner for doling out that much cash?
All of the luxe accoutrements one would expect, including 9,290 square feet of lavish living space that has been renovated and upgraded during the past two years by architect Scott Joyce and interior designer LM Pagano into a striking contemporary yet classic showpiece—replete with jaw-dropping skyline and ocean views in every direction via massive floor-to-ceiling walls of windows and a quartet of oversized terraces—not to mention a swath of amenities from a 24-hour concierge to private wine storage and much more.
“It has been transformed by the owner into a spectacular and unique environment consisting of a full floor of the most stunning views one can imagine,” says Greg Holcomb, who is co-listing the property with Cassandra Petersen, both of Compass. “There is no other high-rise home in the city that can compare; it is a one-of-a-kind experience.”
Spanning the entire 40th floor of The Century—a 42-story, Robert A.M. Stern Architects-designed luxury condo tower found at 1 West Century Drive—Penthouse 40 currently is the most expensive condo listing in L.A. and one floor below the 15,000-square-foot, two-floor unit purchased by Candy Spelling, widow of TV producer Aaron Spelling, according to Forbes. Expect exquisite finishes throughout and all of the custom creature comforts imaginable in chic but playful environs, including a plush, state-of-the-art movie theater and wide entrance galley ideal for displaying artwork or collectibles.
Among the other show-stopping attributes is an expansive living room with space for a pool table. A sleek gourmet kitchen comes complete with granite countertops, a spacious marble-topped center island, duo of wine fridges and breakfast nook, while the sumptuous master retreat offers a seating area with fireplace, dual baths and walk-in closets, and breathtaking panoramic vistas courtesy of a semi-circular bank of floor-to-ceiling windows.
An added bonus? The building’s aforementioned amenities and services, which in addition to an around-the-clock concierge and screen room, include full-time security; a 75-foot-long pool with cabanas; top-of-the-line gym and fitness studio; library; full-service restaurant; and 4 acres of gardens.
During the past decade-plus, Perry has purchased homes from Malibu to the Hollywood Hills, as well as Penthouse 40 at The Century. He is reportedly selling the unit now that he’s spending more time in New York.
GREG HOLCOMB (DRE # 01347788) & CASSANDRA PETERSEN (DRE #01969956) of COMPASS
LIST PRICE $35 MILLION
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“This compound, perched above the street with total privacy, is the perfect family home and great for entertaining large parties or intimate gatherings,”
says Jade Mills
Built 22 years ago by legendary boxing superstar Sugar Ray Leonard and his wife, Bernadette Leonard, this enchanting Italian-style villa designed by renowned architect Richard Landry ranks as a definite knock-out. Think a prime locale on one of the most coveted streets in the highly sought-after Palisades Riviera, paired with almost every over-the-top amenity imaginable.
“This compound, perched above the street with total privacy, is the perfect family home and great for entertaining large parties or intimate gatherings,” says Jade Mills, International Luxury Ambassador, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Beverly Hills, who is listing the home for $51.995 million. “It is truly an exquisite property exuding European charm with serene living. It feels as though you are living in a resort, complete with privacy, golf, lounging in the sun by the sparkling pool, tennis and a totally separate guest house for your visitors.”
Found on an approximately 2-acre parcel of land on Amalfi Drive in the Riviera neighborhood—near the brand-new Palisades Village by Caruso, the area’s best in luxury shopping, fine dining and entertainment with a luxury cinema by Cinépolis—the seven-bedroom residence welcomes guests via an ivy-clad façade, grand motor court and garage nestled to the side, all behind a double gated entry offering unparalleled privacy and security. A second entryway provides access to the property grounds for additional privacy and convenience.
Once inside, 16,000-plus square feet of inviting yet elegant Hendrix Allardyce-designed living space is on display, complete with superior high-end touches including six fireplaces imported from Europe; stone flooring imported from Jerusalem; soaring vaulted ceilings; and seamless indoor-outdoor environs ideal for both lavish entertaining and intimate gatherings alike.
Among the highlights: a formal foyer that leads to a grand center hall that connects to the living room, formal dining room, solarium and gourmet kitchen with professional-grade appliances, a center island, breakfast bar and an adjoining family room.
Yet other show-stopping details include a sumptuous master retreat holding a fireplace, luxe bath, walk-in closets and a private terrace overlooking stunning ocean and canyon views, along with a solarium, large fitness center and movie theater.
Outdoors the expansive park-like grounds feature abundant patio space, a pool and spa, tennis court, a putting green and immaculate rose gardens. And complementing this home’s alluring appeal is a detached, two-story guesthouse adjacent to the pool that features a lower-level kitchen, and a second-floor bedroom and bath.
Says Bernadette Leonard: “This home has been a peaceful oasis offering incredible privacy and superior amenities to raise our family. We’ve been blessed to have a space allowing us to host both intimate family gatherings and sizable fundraisers. My hope is that the future owner will cherish this home as much as our family has.”
INTERNATIONAL LUXURY AMBASSADOR,
COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE BEVERLY HILLS
LIST PRICE $51.995 MILLION
South Park and Tony Award-winning Book of Mormon co-creator Trey Parker has purchased a brand-new, ultra-modern residence in Brentwood for $6.2 million.
According to Variety, the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home offers 5,000-plus square feet of open and airy living space featuring high-end finishes such as imported-oak floorboards.
Among the highlights: a walk-in wine cellar behind a sheet of frameless glass, along with a small cabana adjacent to a plunge-size zero-edge pool and spa. The seller was represented by Adi Livyatan and Parker by Oren Barkan, both of Rodeo Realty.
Snapchat co-founder Bobby Murphy has purchased a mid-century “architectural gem” in Pacific Palisades for $6 million, complete with show-stopping views of the sea, Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina Island from its hillside setting.
According to Variety, the single-story home was built in 1958 and extensively renovated in 1991 by modernist architect and Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Lawrence Bernstein. Expect 4,000-plus square feet of living space accented by blondish hardwood flooring and red brick.
Among the highlights of the five-bedroom, five-bath property: a great room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a wet bar with mirrored walls; large formal dining room with fireplace. Cathy Ferraro of Ferraro & Associates held the listing, while Murphy was represented by Tod Stein of Campbell Wellman Properties.
New Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz and his longtime wife, Israeli former Olympic competitive sailor Anat Fabrikant, have paid $15.7 million in cash for a new mansion in the Beverly Hills Flats neighborhood.
According to Variety, the European-style villa was spec-built by a local developer and completed last year. Included is 10,000-plus square feet of living space featuring a double-height entryway; giant family room with a wet bar and floor-to-ceiling disappearing windows; formal dining room with a glassy wine closet; separate wine cellar; massive master suite with a fireplace, dual marble-clad baths and terrace overlooking the backyard; and movie theater with seating for 12.
Steve Frankel of Coldwell Banker and Linda May of Hilton & Hyland held the listing, while Kreiz was represented by Nicholas Property Group’s Dustin Nicholas.
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant has listed his oceanfront Malibu home for $13.495 million. According to the L.A. Times, he purchased the property last year for $12.05 million.
The multilevel house was built in 1976 and has since been remodeled for beachfront living with sliding walls of glass and terrace balconies on three levels, along with a small wooden staircase descending from the main patio area directly to a sandy cove on Broad Beach.
Expect 5,000-plus square feet of living space featuring an open-concept living room, dining room, center-island kitchen, four bedrooms and six baths. There’s also a media room with a glass-enclosed wine rack and a movie theater, as well as an elevator. An outdoor spa and dining patio finish off the indoor-outdoor setting. James Harris, David Parnes and Sandro Dazzan of The Agency hold the listing.
Grammy-nominated singer Michael Feinstein and his producer husband, Terrence Flannery, have listed their 1926 Tudor Revival-style mansion in Los Feliz for $18.9 million. According to Mansion Global, the residence previously served as the site of the Russian Consulate from 1935-51.
Expect 15,391 square feet of living space on four stories highlighted by an underground tunnel for secret entrances and exits, as well as an upper level sporting an office suite, bedroom, service bar and one of two movie theaters.
The six-bedroom house also has a fitness room, pool, wine cellar and guest house with its own private entrance. Ernie Carswell of Douglas Elliman is co-listing the property with Dorothy Carter of Keller Williams.
Famed rocker Joe Walsh is listing his Beverly Hills Post Office villa for $5.3 million. According to Variety, Walsh paid $3.95 million for the property in August 2013 for use as temporary digs while his main residence was undergoing an extensive, multiyear renovation.
Originally built in 1966 as a mid-century modern, the house was transformed into a sleek contemporary before Walsh’s ownership. Expect 3,820 square feet of open living space on a single level, complete with formal living and dining rooms, a den/media room, and European-inspired, eat-in kitchen with Miele appliances and custom cabinetry.
There are three en-suite bedrooms, including the master retreat with dual closets and baths, as well as a 600-square-foot music studio that could be converted into a family room. Outdoors, the nearly half-acre hillside lot boasts a pool and covered terrace with fireplace. Tina Stern of Wish Sotheby’s International Realty holds the listing.
The former Holmby Hills estate of actress Eva Gabor has sold for $11 million. According to Mansion Global, would-be buyers included developers who wanted to tear down the 1938 house on Delfern Drive and develop the 1.1-acre property. Instead, the buyer is a local developer who plans to move into the house in the next couple of months and keep it as his residence. Eva Gabor was a Hungarian-American actress and was married six times. Eva Gabor’s spouses range from pilots, playwrites and actors.
Designed by noted architect Paul Williams, the 7,000-square-foot white brick house still has many touches of Hollywood glamour, including a brick motor court, columns and chandeliers, a portico and a sweeping staircase leading to the second floor. Among the highlights: living and family rooms with fireplaces, a formal dining room, kitchen, library/screening room, a bar and detached office.
The upstairs bedrooms include a private master suite with a balcony, luxe bath, sitting room and large walk-in closet. Amenities include a pool, tennis court with viewing deck, an expansive lawn and landscaped gardens.
There also a greenhouse and a pool house with a living room, kitchenette, bath and walk-in closet. Corrie Lontoc of Reserve Collection Realty represented the sellers—Margaret Black, former vice chairman of Morgan Stanley, and her husband, the former NASA astronaut David Scott, who was the seventh man to walk on the moon.
Writer-director James Gunn has listed his Malibu estate in the foothills above Big Rock Beach for $7.395 million. According to Variety, the property was once owned by Olivia Newton-John, who sold it in 1994 for an unrecorded amount to Carol Black and Neal Marlens, married creators of the hit sitcoms The Wonder Years and Ellen.
The roughly 3-acre, rustic-luxe abode has five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths in a little more than 6,800 square feet between the main house and guesthouse. Expect open and airy living spaces with medium-brown wood flooring orbiting around a humongous, white brick fireplace; a colossal combination living/dining room; family room; and farmhouse-style kitchen with a duo of work islands and commercial-grade appliances.
There are three guest bedrooms on the main floor, while the master suite privately occupies almost the entire second floor and encompasses a cavernous, denim-blue painted bedroom with fireplace and sitting area, along with a walk-in closet, spacious compartmentalized bath and small study that opens to a brick terrace.
The picturesque property borders thousands of acres of protected parklands, and the meandering grounds offer numerous decks and patios; a pool and spa; lighted tennis court; greenhouse; children’s playground; and an authentic teepee. The property is represented by Kent Winter and Jeff Chertow, both of Pinnacle Estate Properties.
Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster has listed her 7,500-square-foot Coldwater Canyon home in Beverly Hills home for $15.9 million. According to the Observer, Foster spent $11.75 million for the secluded walled and gated property in June 2012, and she and her wife Alexandra Hedison have made it their primary residence, according to Yolanda’s Little Black Book, which first spotted the listing.
The five-bedroom, 5.5-bath house, which is situated on a 0.65-acre parcel, originally was built in 1952 and has since been expanded and remodeled. A private walkway leads to a two-story formal entry, which has a dangling light fixture and a staircase with a dark wood railing. The formal living room, which contains a grand fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows, is found between a media room and a formal dining room. The listing is held by David Kramer of Hilton & Hyland.
Rafael Zakaria’s first spec home hits the market for $48 million. According to Mansion Global, Zakaria spent four years building the 20,000-square-foot mansion, which includes large walls for artwork, open-plan living areas, and sculptural elements.
Among the highlights: a large O-shaped wooden sculpture that appears to hold up the second story of the house; a giant Italian chandelier that dangles through the center of the staircase and connects the three floors; and Portuguese limestone and Italian Calacatta marble throughout.
Among the other features is seven bedrooms (including two staff bedrooms); five fireplaces; a 20-person movie theater; a wall of wine; a gym; a spa; a tennis court; a 16-car garage; and a pool with fixed recliners that seem to float on the surface of the water. Rayni Williams is listing the property with her husband, Branden Williams, both of Hilton & Hyland. They are co-listing the home with Aaron Kirman of Compass.
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