Candy Spelling Officially Asks for $150,000,000

SELLER: Candy Spelling
LOCATION: S. Mapleton Drive, Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $150,000,000
SIZE: 52,503 square feet, 11 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms (as per assessor)

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Fetch yer nerve pills, pour a tall gin and tonic and hold on to your britches children, because Candy Spelling’s 123-room Holmby Hills monster mansion has officially and finally hit the open market with a knee buckling and record breaking asking price of $150,000,000.

Although records we accessed show a purchase date in December of 1991, a recent report in The Wall Street Journal states that Missus Spelling and her now deceased boob-toob producer huzband Aaron Spelling purchased the approximately 5 acre property on swish S. Mapleton Drive in the early 1980s. We’re gonna believe the Wall Street Journal, but whatever the case, the couple proceeded to raze the former home of the legendary Bing Crosby and erect a massive, multi-winged monument to their wealth which they called The Manor.

Records on file with the County of Los Angeles show The Widow Spelling’s hotel-sized house measures in at 52,503 square feet with 11 bedrooms and 16 bathrooms. However, those numbers are somewhat in dispute as The Wall Street Journal puts the residential beast at 57,000 square feet and during a televised interview and tour of her palatial pile poor Candy Darling herself couldn’t remember if her huge house has 23 or 26 bathrooms. It would seem that only the terlit staff knows precisely how many poopers are on the property.

Some of the only in a mega-mansion features of The Manor include the bowling alley in the basement, a beauty parlor and a barber shop in the 17,000 square foot attic, a gift wrapping room, doll museum, a home gym, a wine cellar and wine tasting room, a humidity-controlled silver storage room, a room just for the China, and a leviathan living room that does double duty as a screening room where the screen rises up out of the floor.

The fastidiously maintained and gated grounds include a major motor court with a spitting fountain in the center, covered parking for a fleet of fancy automobiles, meandering pathways that circle the property, formal gardens including a rooftop rose garden, a swimming pool and spa complex and a tennis court which we like to imagine Miz Spelling has never even seen let alone used.

Miz Spelling’s attorney Stephen Goldberg told The Wall Street Journal that ever since his client announced she coughed up a staggering $47,000,000 for a yet to be completed 16,000 square foot dooplex penthouse in Century City, the wildly rich widow has had about 12 calls from interested and qualified buyers.

Your Mama assumes these calls and queries are coming from the same dozen or so qualified buyers that have peeped and poked around the insanely decadent rooms of Suzanne Saperstein’s $125,000,000 Holmby Hills behemoth for which it is rather bizarrely rumored that scantily clad superstar Mariah Carey has made an offer. We don’t believe it, but that’s another story.

Anyhoo, only time will tell how long it will take for The Widow Spelling to unload her big house, at what price and to which bizness baron, mogul, magnate or foreign potentate. If the ladee gets anywhere near the $150,000,000 asking price it will most certainly set a record for the largest amount of money paid for a single family residence in the United States.

Miz Spelling is still trying to sell both of the homes she owns in the gated Century Woods community which lies in the shadows of the towers of Century City. One is an 8,424 square foot Faux-Tuscan sitting on a double lot with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and an asking price of $7,895,000 and the other a quasi-French farmhouse sort of thing measuring 4,843 square feet with 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and an asking price of $4,795,000.

photos: Pacific Coast News

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous 1 april (floor plans)
    I am french and I understand half what you write… Can you explain you with a floor plan??? I’ve study the floor plan too, I interrested that.. Contact me

  2. Anonymous says:

    I feel sorry for people who feel a need to live this way. Something obviously went wrong in their childhoods to cause this kind of greed. I doubt this queen bee can even envision how many kids can be fed, housed, and covered by insurance with $150 mil. So sad.

  3. Anonymous says:

    No way in hell this house will sell for $150 million. At this rate, the owner would be spending nearly 3 million a year alone in property tax. A more realistic market value of the home w/land in this area is more of the likes of $50 million; at that may be pushing it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hello, I have been posting about the floorplan for those interested (see other 2 posts starting with April 1). I recently was in the lower level again and saw more rooms. You go down the stairs that curve under the stairs leading to the second story on the right when you walk in to the foyer, and at the bottom is a landing. To your left if you turn to face the stairs you came down, there is a doorway with a door opening onto a long hall leading to the end of the mansion below the family room/media room/pool room wing (the right side of the home if looking at it from the front). Did not go down to that area so do not know how that lays out. At the bottom of the stairs on the landing if you look to your right, it steps down 2 steps into the pool table room with a seating area (this room would be under the living room on the main floor). If you turn right once you step down into that room, there is a double set of doors that open into the doll museum with the doll theater and hidden door to escape in case of emergency (this room would be under the library above). If you turn left when you step down into the pool table room, there is another set of double doors that open onto a wide hall. To your left, there is a door (do not know where it leads–it was closed). To your right, a door opens into the game room with the famous Spelling pinball machine. At the end of the wide hall, a large doorway opens into the bar room, with a large couch at one end, and the bay-shaped bar at the other (the one with the round fish tank built into the wall). This room would be under the breakfast room area above. Off that, there is another set of double doors that open onto the bowling alley. First, there is a huge huge huge couch with 3 coffee tables, and you step down 2 steps onto the 2 lane alley (this room would be under the kitchen/china cabinet room on the main floor above, with the lanes running front to back of the mansion, in the front left corner if looking at the house from the front). I hope I described this so it was not too confusing. Just thought those interested who will never get a chance to peek inside might be curious!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I like some things about the property, but the house is too big. spelling didn’t want the house to be that big and I can see why, but his wife kept expanding it.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hello again…I posted the April 1 posting about the floorplan for those interested. Well, I was recently in the house after a book signing event and saw into another room for the first time. It is the pool room (with the pool outside its doors). It is located down a hallway just off the screening room (you go down the hall, past the projection room, double white doors open out into the hallway). It is a nice room, bright, light, one of the best I have personally seen in the mansion (though I am partial to the living room—it is surprisingly very cozy when entertaining). Also, we went downstairs to the lower level (the staircase goes down under the one going upstairs on the right side of the foyer when you walk in), and at the bottom their is a large landing, a hallway that turns and goes to another wing of the mansion, and you step down to the pool table room. Off that was a hallway leading down the game room (with the custom Spelling pinball machine). I didn’t go down to that end. The guest bathrooms on the main floor (a his and hers set up) are nice too, but large…most bathrooms that size at least have a tub in them!! LOL

  7. pudenda shenanigans says:

    finally found some photos of this house that I can count on.

    http://www.people.com/people/gallery/0,,20270492,00.html

    mama, are you going to talk about Nicolas Coppola Cage’s home that he’s trying to unload in these “difficult economic times?”

  8. Anonymous says:

    About this house…well, I have been in it a few times and have seen most of the first floor (though never the attic or the bedrooms), and for those interested in a floorplan idea, here goes….if you look at the house from the front, of course, when you walk in the centered front door, you immediately enter the foyer with the double staircases. The only exit is straight forward, which leads to a hallway that runs most of the way end-to-end of the center of the house. Directly back, step down a few steps into the formal living room. Enter that room and turn left, you enter the formal dining room. On the other side of the room, you enter Aaron’s library. Go back to the main hall (standing in the foyer facing the living room) and turn right, go past Aaron’s library, go down the hall a bit and you enter the family room (if looking at the front of the house, it is on the right side, runs front-to-back with the bay window in back facing the yard), proceed through that room and you enter the media room (the room everyone comments about as being the “double duty” room), just behind that is the projection room. I never got to go into the room that opened on to the pool. Go back to the starting point of the foyer and this time turn left down the hall, you pass the formal dining room, and you enter into the breakfast room, and turn left into the huge kitchen. Again, I never got to go upstairs to see the bedrooms, or into the famous rooms (eBay room, doll museum, etc.), but I was told that the doll museum was in the basement as well as the bowling alley. I don’t think this house is THAT bad as everyone is saying, it is a bit oversized, but I think the rooms are nice scale (seeing it in person and not just video or pics), the furniture arrangements are great for entertaining, but the problem I feel lies in the colors, styles, etc. of the actual pieces. Switch them out with current furniture and the house would be a very modern, nice house for someone who needed to live in a palace. Just my opinion though!

  9. pudenda shenanigans says:

    Thank you, 8:22.

    If people truly don’t understand what I mean by the L.A. shallow culture, there’s no talking-to that’s going to make them change their minds. I’m not ignorant or lazy. On the contrary, I’ve been paying attention since moving here.

  10. Mary Magdalene says:

    as soon as i se “as a christian…”
    i know we’re in trouble

  11. Anonymous says:

    “why a Jew like…” To which camp should we send her for this crime, mein fuhrer?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Re: this new article in the LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-candy31-2009mar31,0,178232.story

    As a Christian, perhaps one of the natives of LA can explain to me why a Jew like Candy Spelling has 180 boxes of Christmas decorations? And it’s all mall type stuff, candy canes, nutcracker men? Nothing about the “reason for the season” for her. Christians decorate with nativity scenes at least. She must think it’s the ultimate shopping holiday. That and her 65 areas of collections must make her the ultimate consumer of things. No wonder Tori seems so love starved.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Still another tour. I have never seen a kitchen with that many islands. Looks like a maze!

    http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=7192076

  14. Anonymous says:

    Don’t laugh. Hyundai will be the new GM.

  15. Anonymous says:

    so where one the wealth continuum are you? My guess is, New Hyundai at best.

  16. Anonymous says:

    And there would be a tour van load of the jealous children who can’t afford Candy’s maid’s used Hyundai.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Well, 2:52, some might think that being an vulgarian, a facilitator of the decline of taste and culture, and the butt of many, many jokes (“The Manor” among them) is too high a price to pay even for money of the Spelling’s sort– there is such a thing as having money AND taste.

  18. Princess Shotsavodka says:

    anyone want to go out and have a few? i’m going into betty ford tommorrow.

  19. Anonymous says:

    You could take both of Bing Crosby’s old LA houses and they would only fill one wing of this mess. Old time Movie Stars built to fix the lot. Spelling built to say “Look at ME, I have an ego problem”.

    Pictures of classic Hollywood/Beverly Hills homes –
    http://www.image-archeology.com/movie_stars_homes.htm

  20. Anonymous says:

    I hope they take a TOTAL bath on this house.

    Arron Spelling screwed over a LOT of people in Hollywood to build this monument to his greed.

    For years the cast of Gilligan’s Island tried to collect some of the royalties that Arron made on re-runs of Gulligan’s Island. He made hundreds of millions of dollars on the re-runs in the late 60s,70s, and 80s. He gave zero of it to the cast, due to royalties clauses deliberately left out of their contracts. Nice guy!

    Arron was a total creepy dude. Don’t you think he looks like a old Mr. Bean in this photo? –
    http://www.ultimatedynasty.net/images/aaron3.jpg

  21. Anonymous says:

    11:28 – Much like many of Mama’s children, people were jealous of the Spellings having enough money to buy a prime location estate and tear it down to build a monument to his success. I don’t know if the Crosby house was truly landmark or beautiful..or did it become that just so people could bitch.

  22. Anonymous says:

    When Spelling died, Dominick Dunne wrote in Vanity Fair about the Bing Crosby home that was torn down, saying it was a landmark, beautiful, etc.

  23. Anonymous says:

    10:40 – Hopefully someone will have more information as to the history of the Crosby house. It is entirely possible it had a history prior to Crosby. An example of similar situation would be the estate with a 1927 Arthur R. Kelly-designed mansion in the same neighborhood. It had a 40+ year history in Los Angeles before being purchased by a magazine publisher. Now it is only known for that publisher and his parties.

    PS. If the children look at the link to the story & photo of the “Crosby” house, you might notice an old comment that appears to be by one of Mama’s better behaved (and therefore absent in recent months) children, E.J. He questions the validity of the photo since he believes it to be of Crosby’s house in Pebble Beach. I think he is right.

  24. Anonymous says:

    There is no standard that the house should be a big block. There a lots of big mansions with angled wings, and tons of acreage around them. It’s preference of design. They could have build just asmuc if now more sq in a big massive block house. going lot line to lot line.

    As for architectural history…. what was the history of the Bing House? So it was owned by someone famous…then by that definition this house is just as significant. Architectury History *which you guys are claiming to care about* of a property isn’t so much in who owned it people, its in the relevance of the design and who designed it. To me it sound smore like you’re saying bc it was Bing’s house it should have been kept. Which, while I enjoy reading this site, don’t put such significance in a celebrities house.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Whoever wrote that there isn’t enough space to lay out the home properly is wrong- all the angled wings mean is the architect did a good job of laying out the house to match the property line.

  26. Crystal Allen says:

    and there’s a word for most of these comment posters, but it’s generally not used outside of a kennel…….

  27. Anonymous says:

    Speaking of Mary– here she is. Btw, how is little Mary? (isn’t Virginia Weidler fabulous? Whatever happened to her?) Anyway, it is all very much like The Women here, isn’t it? Wev’e got Sylvia, we’ve got Crystal, We’ve got…

  28. Mrs. Stephen Haines says:

    This is funny. I back tracked on the comments and discovered that all this began with an exchange between georgica pond and pedudna shenangigans (sic) and some anon must have capped on it. Interesting how we don’t even know who we are commenting on, sort of like the game “telephone”.

  29. Trudy Styler says:

    But Anon 8:22,

    You recognize, don’t you, that YOU’RE one of the people doing the geographic stereotyping, right?

    It seems cowardly for you to not disclose your location. Are you afraid that someone might make maligning and even shallow and stereotypical comments about the city/place in which you choose to live in the same way you so cavalierly made your purposely provocative statement about Los Angeles?

    I’m not calling you lazy or ignorant, but you seem to want to have it both ways…which is to knock down a city you may or may not have any real knowledge of but to preserve your own geographic anonymity so that you don’t have to feel that particular knife at your neck.

    You may be right that Los Angeles has sometimes traded in the old for the new, but this is not a situation unique to Los Angeles or even the U.S….How about Berlin? How about Shanghai? How about Hong Kong? How about Singapore? How about Sydney for that matter? Or Dubai? How about New York? There are so many urban places that have, for better or worse, placed a premium on the new rather than the historical. They can’t all be Rome or Paris.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Dear 8:22: One can only wonder as to your depth of knowledge of New York, Colorado, Florida, Oregon, Washington and Europe, not to mention wherever you are now (Michigan?). While constantly having to uproot yourself cannot help your understanding of any local history, perhaps before mouthing off about what you have obviously made no effort to research– Los Angeles history– and then compounding it further by stating that “most everything of historical significance has already been razed”– you might want to do a little… research. In terms of the built environment, you could start here:

    http://bigorangelandmarks.blogspot.com/

  31. Anonymous says:

    Get you, Mary.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Trudy dear, 8:22 here. It was simply the “lazy ass” and “ignorant” portions of that comment that did not sit well with me. We can certainly have a civil exchnage about historic preservation without the anger.
    I don’t care to disclose my geographic location because there is far too much (IMHO) stereotyping on this board based on one’s location. Suffice it to say I have lived in New York, California, Colorado, Florida, Oregon, Washington and Europe. Where I presently park my carcass has no bearing on this discussion. I simply prefer some level of politeness.

  33. Trudy Styler says:

    I find it FASCINATING that someone makes a very aggressive and provoking comment like, “…there’s no respect for history in L.A. It’s the City of Shallow. History doesn’t exist.” and then when someone takes them to task calls out the other person as “rude” and “touchy.”

    Really?

    Why don’t you tell us where you live anon 8:22 where there is so much reverence for history.

  34. It is a sad fact that wherever there is economic success and growth, historic preservation suffers. I was once told by a historic house tour guide in Savannah that…….”poverty is the greatest friend of preservation”……..how true.

  35. Anonymous says:

    do you need a hot meal? the name of therapist? sex? let us know. We can help you.

  36. Anonymous says:

    maybe NOW there is, after the fact and most everything of historical significance has already been razed. And you don’t need to be so rude, either. Touchy, touchy, touchy! What’s really bothering you? Is there anything we can do for you?

  37. Anonymous says:

    “…there’s no respect for history in L.A. It’s the City of Shallow. History doesn’t exist.” Actually, the only thing shallow is this ignorant remark. You might want to get up off your lazy ass and look into the history of this city. There are hundreds if not thousands of people involved in preserving Los Angeles architecture alone.

  38. pudenda shenanigans says:

    You’re welcome. Ugh I know people that revere that song. I’d rather go for the Talking Heads’ reverse (sarcasm) version. They say the same but “Nothing But Flowers” is so much cooler.

    Anyway, it has to be said: of course there’s no respect for history in L.A. It’s the City of Shallow. History doesn’t exist.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Mariah needs to move here. She had a 13,000 square foot condo as a single lady, so it’s only fitting to have this much SF for a family.

  40. Georgica Pond says:

    Thank you Pudenda! That old bing crosby house was lovely. I feel like bulldozing that candy ass spelling.
    There is so little respect for history out there in LA. Sad. I was reading a wonderful story earlier about The Garden of Allah.
    I was terribly depressed. So depressed, in fact, that the awful “pave paradise, put up a parking lot” song was in my head.

  41. Anonymous says:

    ANON 7:43PM
    I looked for a picture of Bing Crosbys old house yesterday but i didn’t find anything. I would love to see what the house looked like.

  42. Anonymous says:

    I’m curious to see a picture of the Bing Crosby home that was bulldozed to make way for this. Does anyone know if there are pictures of it online anywhere?

  43. Anonymous says:

    In California tax records aren’t updated until you sell. Meaning you pay the same taxes pretty much every year til you sell. This helps keep people (old ppl) in their homes while values sky rocket.

    So tax records on a home never sold are irrelavant.

  44. Anonymous 1:18 posted that she had an offer in the $100 million dollar range.
    Your first offer is often your best. I predict she will settle for less than $100 million.

  45. Anonymous says:

    The LA Tax Assessor info on the property:
    – Land: $9,159,202.
    – Improvements $51,802,931.
    – Total: $60,962,133
    – 2005 taxes: $353,895.27

  46. Anonymous says:

    Question: Does anyone know how much it cost them to actually build the house? The figure I read was 47 million. I don’t know what the land was sold initially for.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know how much is cost them to actually build the house? How much did they pay for the land?

  48. Anonymous says:

    She would probably accept $123 Million, that’s a pretty good offer.

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