We can hardly believe it. The Bel Air mansion previously owned by Georgia Frontiere, which sold in an off-market transaction in March for $38 million is now listed for $45 million!
The March sale transaction was private, so little is known — yet — about who the current owners are. Or why they are making such a high-stakes turnaround for the property. Perhaps the local real estate market, known as the Platinum Triangle, is red hot. Real estate market data indicate that the last estate sold in the 90077 area code was Kenny Rogers' former estate, which went for $46.2 million. In any case, this classic Mediterranean villa is giving home hunters a lot more to talk about than just the asking price.
Authentic details abound on the 17,700-square-foot property, which was designed in 1931 by Paul Williams. The property sits behind iron gates and is abundant in custom chandeliers, courtyards, fountains and lush gardens with water features.
As for the practical details, the home was redone and expanded in 2007 and now offers a master suite with access to a private patio garden; 9 other bedrooms, including a guest suite; 15 bathrooms; and two motor courts with a combined capacity for 40 cars. That's enough to hold a choosy car collector's vehicles, and off-street parking for party guests. The wine cellar is also large enough for a serious private stock. People who are serious about fitness can rejoice because there is an indoor gym, as well as a library and billiard room. Movie buffs can take in a film in the property's 35mm viewing room. Let's talk about the kitchen. It's more like an executive chef's domain, with its butler's pantry, a set of two professional grade stoves, both within reach of food prep islands, so the sous chefs can work efficiently.
Outdoor parlors are a must for serious entertainers, and this one is fully fitted out with a full fireplace to escape nighttime chills, vast seating areas large enough to accommodate plush seating, and plenty of room for bistro tables.
We know Frontiere as the owner who moved the Rams from L.A. to Anaheim, and eventually to St. Louis, in 1995. Perhaps we'll see who moved into this home this time around.