Max Azria’s famed estate seeks $78 million in Holmby Hills


In Holmby Hills, one of the biggest homes on the market just got a big price cut. Maison du Soleil — the 30,000-square-foot mansion of late fashion mogul Max Azria — has resurfaced for sale at $78 million, down $10 million from its previous asking price.

Azria, who died in May, first introduced the property for sale in 2015 for $85 million, The Times previously reported, but increased the price to $88 million a year later. That’s quite a hike compared to when he bought the place in 2005 for $14.4 million from Sidney Sheldon, an Oscar-winning producer-writer whose novels have sold over 300 million copies.

Set on 2.8 acres, the 60-room residence was built by architect-to-the-stars Paul Williams. The prolific architect gained a following for his gracious homes, and his celebrity client list included Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.


While the exterior features a Colonial vibe, the lavish interior offers a different feel in just about every room with shimmering metallic accents popping up often. There’s a voluminous foyer with a floor-to-ceiling chandelier, an artsy indoor-outdoor living room and a chic lounge under custom floral ceilings.

Across two stories are 17 bedrooms and 22 bathrooms. For entertaining, there’s a 6,000-square-foot movie theater with a candy bar and a glitzy silver room with a wet bar.

The amenities continue outside, where a glass-walled tennis court sits across from a Moroccan bathhouse with a custom hammam wrapped in marble tile. Patios and dining areas surround a swimming pool and spa. A spacious greenhouse is tucked in back.

International-themed gardens fill out the rest of the grounds, including verdant spaces inspired by the Japanese, English and French.

Ginger Glass and Chloe Azria of Compass hold the listing.

A native of Tunisia, Azria founded BCBG Max Azria in 1989 and grew the brand to global scale by selling high-end styles at relatively low prices.