An historic mega-mansion in Los Angeles just hit the record books as the most expensive property currently listed in the United States.
The Casa Encantada, an eight-acre Bel Air estate that translates as “the Enchanted House,” could well become the most expensive home ever sold in California if an interested buyer plunks down the current asking price of $225 million. As the Los Angeles Times reports, that perch is currently occupied by the Spelling Manor, which sold for $119.75 million in July.
Built in 1938, the Casa Encantada was designed to be the most opulent and extravagant mansion in Hollywood. Even during the Great Depression, building costs for the Bel Air estate ran up to $2 million (approximately $35 million in today’s dollars). Hotel magnate Conrad Hilton purchased the home in 1950 for $225,000.
Architect James Dolena designed the 40,000-square-foot mansion with a whopping 60 bedrooms. The mansion’s H-shape gives almost all of its rooms triple views of the city, the ocean and the park. T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbing, considered one of the most iconic decorators in the United States in the 1930s and 1940s, picked out the interior furniture and design. The listing is held by Jeff Hyland of Hilton & Hyland as well as Hilton’s grandson Rick Hilton and Shawn Elliott of Elite Real Estate Marketing.
4716 Rosewood Drive, Orlando, FL 32806
Enjoy resort living at home! Exceptional estate encompasses spectacular vistas, gardens, trees and sweeping lawns. Minutes to town, schools and public boat ramp, the sun-filled, residence has been completely and masterfully renovated to the highest standards. Characterized by beautifully proportioned rooms, high ceilings, magnificent architectural detail and extraordinary craftsmanship, this remarkable home offers amenities for a contemporary lifestyle while retaining the original ambiance and timeless elegance. Highlighted by one-inch wood floors, a foyer hall introduces nearly 3,000 sf of warmly welcoming interiors. Large windows flank the rear of the living room thereby ensuring a light-filled interior and sweeping views of the magnificent backyard pool. This home is the very definition of a place perfect for entertaining. An adjacent home office/den includes a floor to ceiling built in bookcases with trim and leads to the expansive backyard and rear patio with one of the prettiest pools I have witnessed. The stylish dining room is a showcase for the gourmet cook who has easy access to a charming kitchen and adjacent great room. The kitchen is open and inviting and cements the fact that this is a home for the kind of family or person who enjoys entertaining. The charming eat-in nook overlooks the front lawn and the kitchen features an amazing showcase pantry for your most exquisite china or pottery. The closets in this house will astound you with another pantry, two huge master closets and most rooms with walk in closets. The owners retreat offers HUGE closets and a sitting area along with a bathroom retreat featuring a soaking tub and a two-person shower. The fourth bedroom does not have an actual built in closet but has always been used as a working bedroom. This is truly a one-of-a-kind home and I promise you will not believe the amenities. While the home’s shell was built in the late 1950’s the entire house was gutted and reconfigured by former owners who were architects. The seller loves this home but a corporate transfer requires their move to Colorado so this is a great opportunity for the next buyer. Close walk to the public boat ramp for this neighborhood to the beautiful Conway chain of lakes. Finally, the new Pershing K-8 school will be completed in 2019 thus adding additional value to this home located on a private road. What an amazing value!