Rhino Records founder hopes Brentwood estate will be a hit

Richard Foos, the former head of Rhino Records, and his wife, Shari, have put their Brentwood estate on the market at $19.9 million.

The Fooses spent three years building and another three decorating the Thomas Callaway-designed, 10,000-square-foot Mediterranean, which was completed in 2002. Yet they reported that visitors often view the period details and think the home was built in the '20s.

The gated, seven-bedroom, 13-bathroom house sits on more than 34,000 square feet of park-like grounds with a swimming pool and views of the Santa Monica Mountains.

"We've had small parties in cozy corners and large events throughout the entire house and outdoors," Shari Foos said.

There are seven fireplaces, hand-painted walls and beams, a meditation room, a music system that extends to every room and solar heating. Push-button walls retract on the loggia. The two-room guesthouse has a wraparound porch.

"Nothing is random," she said of the material selections and artisanship. "The floor of the guesthouse was imported from a European church. Even the way Tom Callaway conceived the knotty-pine game room with its juke box, pinball machines, multiple TV monitors and soda fountain -- it looks as though it was refurbished in the '40s."

Richard Foos founded Rhino in 1973 as a store selling blues records. It went on to became a record label and was purchased by Time Warner in 1998 for a reported $60 million. A philanthropist, the music executive would give Rhino employees time off work to do community service.

The couple are selling because "it makes sense for us to downsize," Shari Foos said. "It's time for another adventure."

Susan Smith of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, has the listing.