Set a spell; take your shoes off

Los Angeles Times - - HOT PROP­ERTY - [Hot Prop­erty, from J31]

The Bel-Air es­tate may be known as Chartwell, but it’s off the charts in terms of ask­ing price. The home of late Univi­sion bil­lion­aire A. Jer­rold Peren­chio is for sale at $350 mil­lion — mak­ing it the most ex­pen­sive U.S. res­i­den­tial list­ing.

“There are very few [homes] of this cal­iber in Los An­ge­les,” said Corey Weiss of John Aaroe Group. “Like the Play­boy Man­sion and other homes in Bel-Air, the ini­tial ask­ing price is in the strato­sphere.”

Clas­sic-TV watch­ers may re­mem­ber the 25,000-square-foot main res­i­dence, built in 1933, from the cred­its of the sit­com “The Bev­erly Hill­bil­lies.”

De­signed by ar­chi­tect Sum­ner Spauld­ing for grand en­ter­tain­ing,

the man­sion was in­spired by 18th cen­tury French neo­clas­si­cal style. Un­der Peren­chio’s di­rec­tion, it was en­hanced and re­stored by de­signer Henri Sa­muel. Fea­tures in­clude a de­tailed lime­stone fa­cade, a ball­room, a wine cel­lar and a pan­eled din­ing room.

The prop­erty was amassed dur­ing the last 30 years to in­clude 10.3 acres of grounds. Ad­ja­cent sites ac­quired to ex­pand the es­tate in­clude a Wal­lace Neff-de­signed guest­house and the long drive­way. The grounds con­tain man­i­cured gar­dens, a ten­nis court, covered park­ing for 40 cars, a 75-foot swim­ming pool and a pool house.

The price is jaw-drop­ping, but Drew Mandile — the agent who has bro­kered past deals for the famed Owl­wood es­tate and Fleur de Lys — noted that L.A. is a prime tar­get for wealthy in­ter­na­tional buy­ers.

“Peo­ple are see­ing the prices in L.A. as good prices when you

com­pare them to other places,” he said. “Here you get a lot of land. Weather here is amaz­ing, and peo­ple like it here; it has been rec­og­nized as a great place to live.”

And, he added, “it is the most prime es­tate around.”

Peren­chio, for­mer chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Univi­sion, died in May at 86.

The prop­erty is listed by Jeff Hy­land, Drew Fen­ton and Gary Gold of Hil­ton & Hy­land; Joyce Rey, Jade Mills and Alexan­dra Allen of Cold­well Banker Global Lux­ury; and Drew Gitlin and Su­san Gitlin of Berk­shire Hath­away Home Ser­vices.

Hil­ton & Hy­land

AT $350 MIL­LION, the ask­ing price for this Bel-Air es­tate (the home of the fic­tional Clam­pett clan) is the high­est for a res­i­den­tial list­ing in the United States.

Jef­frey Ong PostRAIN

THE SHER­MAN OAKS home of ac­tress Missi Pyle is pend­ing; she wants $899,000 for it.

Rani Sikol­sky

TIGHT END An­to­nio Gates’ newly built $6.995-mil­lion house has six bed­rooms within its 8,500 square feet of liv­ing space.

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