Start your engines. On the heels of the Playboy Mansion sale and Beverly House's new $195-million listing, Los Angeles County's largest home is gearing up for a run at a nine-figure sale.
The Manor, the former Candy and Aaron Spelling estate, is listed in the Westside neighborhood of Holmby Hills for $200 million — a price that puts it among the most expensive homes for sale in the United States. Rick Hilton and David Kramer of Hilton & Hyland hold the listing.
Current owner Petra Stunt, the daughter of Formula One billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, bought the Manor from Candy Spelling five years ago for $85 million in an all-cash deal. Though the estate was previously shopped privately two years ago at an asking price of $150 million, the bar has been set even higher in the wake of several landmark sales.
Including Beverly House, which is offered privately at $195 million, there are three homes for sale at $135 million or more. At least a dozen L.A. County homes are listed for $42 million or more.
Of the upper crust, the Manor is without question the largest of the bunch. Dubbed Candyland for former owner Spelling, the sprawling residence measures 56,500 square feet, or about 1,500 square feet larger than the White House, with 14 bedrooms and 27 bathrooms.
An estimated 123 rooms were customized for specific purposes by the Spellings during their ownership. Among them is a flower-cutting room, a humidity-controlled silver storage room, a barbershop and multiple gift-wrapping rooms. The basement bowling alley, which has its own shoe closet, was a favorite of late TV producer Aaron Spelling.
Stunt, who is married to English businessman James Stunt, has updated the mansion during her ownership, opting for more contemporary interiors. Among her additions were a lounge/entry lined in black-striped marble, a large aquarium in the study and a nightclub makeover in the basement level.
A room that formerly housed Candy Spelling's doll collection now serves as a hair salon and massage parlor.
Outdoors, a tennis court, a koi pond, gardens, a citrus orchard and a swimming pool with a pool house lie within landscaped grounds of 4.7 acres. More than 100 vehicles can be accommodated in the motor court and 16 carports.
A separate service wing houses five maid bedrooms and two butler suites.
Bass of operations no more
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and his wife, Gloria, have officially beat it out of Beverly Hills, selling their home in the Beverly Hills Post Office area for $2.604 million.
The couple, who reside primarily in their native England, bought the house more than a decade ago for $2.4 million, records show.
Built in 1957 and since updated, the Mediterranean-style home has a contemporary feel. The two-story home opens to a vaulted foyer with a staircase wrapped in decorative wrought iron. Skylights and walls of windows brighten some 3,710 square feet of white-walled and muted interiors.
Among living areas is an expansive living room that connects with an eat-in kitchen, as well as a formal dining room that sits off the foyer. A lofted bonus/office space, five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms also lie within the home.
The master suite has a private balcony that overlooks the half-acre grounds.
Outdoors: a saltwater swimming pool, citrus trees and wildflowers that climb up the hillside. A courtyard sits within the gated front entry.
Violetta Hargitay of Sotheby's International Realty was the listing agent. Annie Constantinesco of Westside Estate Agency represented the buyer.
The 67-year-old Butler is a founding member of the heavy-metal band Black Sabbath. Regarded as one of the most influential bass players of all time, he was inducted into the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Black Sabbath in 2006.
Last month, Butler and Black Sabbath concluded their final tour, aptly named The End, with a show at the Hollywood Bowl.
Decoupling from her old digs
After making an A-list splash on the Westside of L.A., actress, comedian and self-proclaimed "D-list celebrity" Kathy Griffin is ready to part with her old home in the Hollywood Hills.
Listed for sale at $5.495 million, the gated home has a contemporary vibe, with modern chandeliers, terrazzo marble floors and patterned wall treatments. Walls of windows and wraparound lookout decks frame views of Studio City and the iconic Hollywood sign.
The roughly 8,000-square-foot house opens in style to a formal entry with stone accent walls and a pair of fountains/reflecting pools — a feature that lends an elemental touch to the floor plan.
Other spaces include open living and dining rooms, a glass-enclosed office, an oversized kitchen and a media room. A floating concrete-and-glass staircase runs between each floor.
The master suite has a fireplace and a boutique-inspired closet for a total of four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
Outdoors, there's a covered dining area with a modern fire feature. Nearby, a cabana sits off the saltwater swimming pool and spa.
Griffin bought the house more than a decade ago for $2.85 million, records show. She now makes her home in a 13,400-square-foot mansion in Bel-Air, which she purchased in July for $10.85 million.
Aileen Comora and Paul Lester of the Agency hold the listing.
Griffin, 55, is a veteran actress, comedian and television host whose scores of credits include the series "Suddenly Susan" and "Dilbert." She won a pair of Emmys for her reality series "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List."
Last year she appeared on "RuPaul's Drag Race" as a guest judge and co-hosted the E! Series "Fashion Police."
That's a wrap in Valley Village
Emmy-winning director-producer Paris Barclay has sold his Valley Village home of nearly a decade for $1.762 million.
The contemporary-style Mediterranean was listed for sale in early August and had an offer in hand after a week on the market, records show. Barclay bought the house in 2007 for $1.65 million.
The two-story home, built in 2006, is fronted by hedges and mature magnolia trees. Tall privacy hedges and mature landscaping provide a natural screen from neighboring properties.
The 4,880 square feet of interiors feature a formal entry that opens to a two-story living room with a fireplace. An open gallery sits above the living room and has a decorative iron railing.
Other living areas include an updated kitchen with Italian cabinetry, an office/den, a family room, five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The master suite has a separate sitting area and a private balcony overlooking the grounds.
A paver patio sits off the main level and is reached by a set of French doors.
Barclay, 60, won a pair of Primetime Emmys for outstanding directing for a drama series for the show "NYPD Blue." Among his other credits are the series "Sons of Anarchy" and "The West Wing."
He has served as the president of the Directors Guild of America since 2013.
Manvel Tabakian of Sotheby's International Realty was the listing agent. Jeffrey McMahon of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage represented the buyer.