$78.8-million estate comes with trout pond and waterfall

The main house contains about 32,000 square feet of living space.
(Doyle Terry)

An asking price of $78.8 million will make a splash in any neighborhood. And the fact that this one includes a temperature-controlled trout pond with a two-story waterfall doesn’t hurt.

Donald Abbey, the founder of a commercial real estate investment and management firm bearing his name, has listed a recently completed estate in Bradbury, in the San Gabriel Valley.

More than nine years in the making, the Palladian-style compound occupies an 8-acre promontory with city and ocean views. The more than 32,000-square-foot main house features vaulted 40-foot-high ceilings, domes with hand-painted frescoes and a two-story library. There are seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, six fireplaces, a 2,000-bottle wine cellar and a 10-car garage.

The grounds contain a subterranean firing range, an infinity pool with a pool house, a 15-person spa and a guesthouse. A hand-fitted and hand-cut rock wall that follows the 600-foot driveway and extends along the front of the property took three workers eight years to build. The pond, stocked with rainbow trout, has a pumping and cooling system to maintain a constant temperature of 57 degrees.


Bob Hurwitz of Hurwitz James Co. is the listing agent.