Because California was a land founded by prospectors, and things haven't changed much in the interim, we present Estate of Play, a monthly rundown (with pictures!) of six of the most over-the-top properties on sale in Los Angeles this month.
This month: moats, outdoor amphitheaters, a Moroccan bathouse, an in-home IMAX and at least one 35-car garage.
Whether you're in the market or happily settled, enjoy the views.
Park Bel Air
788 Tortuoso Way | $115,000,000
The first house at the much-ballyhooed Park Bel Air development is listed at $115 million. The 42,539 square foot residence overlooks the city from a three-acre perch; the land alone is worth $45,000,000. Inside: an IMAX theater, fitness center, bowling alley, art vault, full service spa and an underground auto gallery.
Open Listings refund: $1,437,500
Historic Holmby Hills
10250 West Sunset | $85,000,000
Paul Williams designed more than 2,000 homes (eight are on the National Register of Historic Places). This one from the '30s is in Holmby Hills, has 17 bedrooms, a 6,000 square-foot movie theater and a Moroccan bathhouse.
Open Listings refund: $850,000
The 35-Car Garage
1911 Westridge Road | $55,000,000
Because a Brentwood compound is not a compound without a two-story library, 10 bedrooms and covered storage for at least 35 motor vehicles. It also has views of the city, the ocean, the mountains and a pool (natch). Go through Open Listings and get a $550K refund.
Open Listings Refund: $550,000
French Country Refuge
492 Stone Canyon Road | $39,995,000
This “converted French country refuge” sports a 100-person outdoor amphitheater next to the organic vegetable garden and vineyard. So. Yeah. No more Cinespia for these folks and their friends.
Open Listings Refund: $399,950
Comes with a Moat
1201 Laurel Way | $42,000,000
This house at the top of Beverly Hills has a moat — no guard rail necessary. There are six bedrooms and nearly every one converts to open-air, with views that go all the way to Catalina on a clear day. Listed with The Agency.
For the Bachelor
1307 Sierra Alta | $22,900,000
You know the dilemma. You’re hosting dinner and want that bottle of Screaming Eagle, but it’s all the way at the top of the rack because it’s Screaming Eagle and you don’t leave Screaming Eagle within view of your guests until you're sure you like 'em. Good thing you signed the mortgage for 1307 Sierra Alta, because this home comes with a motorized wine rack. Also has six bedrooms and a lovely zero-edge swimming pool. Listed with The Agency.