Because California was founded by prospectors and not much has changed in the interim, we bring you Estate of Play, a monthly rundown (with pictures!) of six or so of the most over-the-top properties for sale in Los Angeles.
This month: 24-karat gold-tiled floors, swimming pools carved into cliffsides and beach views from Malibu to Laguna.
The Playboy Mansion
Holmby Hills, Bel Air
At the top of the list, and not just because every man wants to go to there, is Hugh Hefner's’ Playboy Mansion. At $200M, it tops the market. Tennis courts. A cave-like grotto. A zoo license. But buyer beware: the seller stipulates that you must let him live there until he dies. You’ll hold the deed, sure, but for the time being, you can only read it for the articles.
Hacienda De La Paz
Rolling Hills, Palos Verdes
The Playboy Mansion definitely grabs the headlines, but for the price, the Hacienda De La Paz in Rolling Hills has to be the best value on the market. Don’t get us wrong, $56M isn’t chump change. But when you get the only Moorish California manse designed by Spanish architect Rafael Manzano Martos and it comes with nine acres, stunning woodwork, indoor pools, outdoor pools, nine bedrooms and 24 karat gold-tiled floors, well, that’s insane. Also, it’s LEED certified, so it won’t rough up Ma’ Earth. Take a look.
41800 Pacific Coast Highway
Open Listings Refund: $662,500
Soaring skylit ceilings, ocean views and a panel effect that draws in sea air are some of the major features of this Malibu home. But the sound-proof music room and the theater are what caught our eye, er, uh, ear. Just look at the speakers.
2160 Balboa Ave
Open Listings Refund: $281,194
This six-bedroom house on a half-acre lot in Del Mar is simple, stunning and modern. It has solar panels and lots of windows to let in the light. There’s a sweeping Pacific vista, a pool and hot tub, and a great patio for BBQing.
40 N. La Senda Drive
Open Listings Refund: $248,750
Any house that comes with a lighthouse is worth mentioning. Also worth mentioning: this beach compound, with its steps descending down a sand cliff to a secluded cove, was the hideaway for the Griffith family. There’s a swimming pool carved into the rocks to boot.
3464 Sweetwater Mesa
You can add stables, a vineyard or some tennis courts to the undeveloped portion of this four-acre estate in Malibu. The modern home feels like something out of Miami Vice, with its sleek white finishes and high ceilings. It also has a gym and state-of-the-art theater.