Eric Schmidt, the billionaire executive chairman of Google, has bought the Veronique and Gregory Peck estate on L.A.’s Westside for $22 million.
Set on 1.3 acres, the 1930s French chateau sits at the end of a long driveway and is surrounded by a flat lawn, mature trees and lush gardens. The neighbors include heiress Petra Ecclestone, White House interior designer Michael Smith and the Playboy Mansion.
Designed for grand-scale entertaining, the 9,182 square feet of living space features the original marble-walled foyer, vaulted ceilings, formal dining and living rooms, an office, a bar, four fireplaces, seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
French doors throughout the house open to patio space and a swimming pool.
Schmidt, 58, had an estimated wealth of $8.3 billion last year, according to Forbes, making him the 138th-wealthiest person in the world.
Gregory Peck, who died in 2003 at 87, won an acting Oscar for his starring role as Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962). Among his other memorable films are "Roman Holiday" (1953), "The Guns of Navarone" (1961) and "MacArthur" (1977).
Veronique Peck bought the property the year her husband died for $14.135 million, public records show, and filled it with his memorabilia.
Rick Hilton, Jeffrey Hyland and Rayni Romito of Hilton & Hyland, exclusive affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate, as well as Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker were the listing agents. Ron de Salvo, also with Coldwell Banker, represented Schmidt.