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TV tycoon Nigel Lythgoe gives Bel-Air home sale another whirl

The cul-de-sac compound includes a 1930s home, two-story guesthouse, swimming pool and tiered garden.
The cul-de-sac compound includes a 1930s home, two-story guesthouse, swimming pool and tiered garden overlooking the Bel-Air Country Club golf course.
(Marcelo Lagos)

So you think you can double your money in Bel-Air? Nigel Lythgoe, the TV mogul behind “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” just relisted his posh estate overlooking the Bel-Air Country Club golf course for $14.25 million.

That’s about twice the $7.48 million he paid for it through a trust a decade ago, property records show.

Once owned by “All in the Family” actress Jean Stapleton, the pedigreed property spans three quarters of an acre and includes a 1930s residence and a two-story guesthouse. In between the two homes, a grassy backyard wraps around a swimming pool.

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Traditional in style, the main house holds four bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a handful of elegant living spaces across 5,200 square feet. Fireplaces anchor the living room and formal dining room, and the whitewashed kitchen is centered by a dazzling wood island. Lythgoe remodeled the family room and wood-paneled library during his stay.

The spacious owner’s suite comes complete with a pair of marble bathrooms and a dressing hall lined with mirrored wardrobes. The guesthouse adds a living room, bedroom and bathroom.

Outside, there’s a trellis-topped dining terrace with a TV-mounted brick fireplace. Colorful tiered gardens descend down the hillside, leading to a bright red British-style phone booth tucked at the edge of the property.

A native of England, Lythgoe, 71, produced “Pop Idol” and “American Idol” before co-creating the dance competition show “So You Think You Can Dance,” which has won nine Emmy Awards and run for 16 seasons on Fox.

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Bachir Oueida of Douglas Elliman holds the listing.


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