Most expensive house for sale in US is $475m mansion from 'Beverly Hillbillies'
A magnifient French Chateau-style property in Bel Air, Los Angeles has just become the most expensive home to be listed in the United States. And it's one you may recognise.
Chartwell, as it is now known, was the location for the filming of the 1960s TV classic The Beverly Hillbilllies, although the property isn't actually in Beverly Hills – that was a well-kept Hollywood secret.
The lavish, neoclassical mansion at 750 Bel Air Road has been listed this week, for US$350 million (NZ$475.5 million). This puts it way above the former most expensive house for sale in the US just up the road at number 924, which is on the market at US$250 million.
Home to the rags-to-riches hillbilly Jed Clampett and family in the TV series, the mansion was the real-life home of billionaire Jerry Perenchio, who died in May at the age of 86. He had lived in the house for 30 years, buying up several neighbouring pockets of land to nearly double the size of his estate, which is now around 4ha.
The house dates back to 1933, when architect Sumner Spaulding built it for his own family. It was sold in the 1940s to hotelier Arnold Kirkeby, whose family rented the home out for the set of The Beverly Hillbillies. You may well remember all those scenes with Elly May, Jethro, Jed and Daisy May (Granny) in the grand entry with the large curved staircase.
Property records show the house was sold to Perenchio for $13.5 million in 1986.
Perenchio renamed the estate Chartwell and spent a fortune in renovations. Local real estate agents say he engaged designer Henri Samuel, whose client list included the Vanderbilts, Rothschilds and fashion designer Valentino.
Because the property is so new to the market, there are no real estate photos available yet. But Zillow has photos from an earlier shoot that give a little hint as to what lies beyond.
We do know the house has 10 bedrooms and the property comes with beautifully landscaped grounds, a 22m pool and pool house, and covered parking for 40 cars.
Listing agents are believed to include top local experts Jeff Hyland, Drew Fenton and Gary Gold of Hilton & Hyland; Joyce Rey, Jade Mills and Alexandra Allen of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury; and Drew Gitlin and Susan Gitlin of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.