America’s priciest mansion has hit the market in Bel Air for the staggering sum of $350 million. The expensive residential listing is a 38,000-square-foot mansion. After another mansion was sold for $250 million in the same neighbourhood, this marks a new first for the US real estate market.
Known as Chartwell, the 10.3-acre estate consists of a 25,000-square-foot main residence, built by architect Sumner Spaulding in 1933. The mansion draws inspiration from 18th-century French neoclassical architecture. The chateau-style abode was featured as the Clampett family’s mansion in the 1960s hit television series The Beverly Hillbillies.
In 1986, it was purchased by Univision chairman A. Jerrold Perenchio. He contracted Henri Samuel to redesign and modernize the home during a multimillion-dollar renovation.
Built for entertaining, the residence has everything to host parties as well as serve as a comfortable family home. It features a wine cellar, salon, ballroom, and period-paneled dining room. Outside, there’s a tennis court, manicured gardens, covered parking for 40 cars, and a 75-foot swimming pool with ample decking.
Over the subsequent 30 years of Perenchio’s ownership, adjacent properties were added to expand the spectacular estate. These include a Wallace Neff guest house and a long private driveway.
The main house has 10 bedrooms and the property comes with beautifully landscaped grounds, a 22m pool and pool house. The interior has been completely renovated and modernized with a chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Luxurious plush carpeting, wood panelling and period fireplaces retain the grandeur of its original design.