Elton John Pays $33 Million for Beverly Hills Estate (EXCLUSIVE)

After more than four years on and off the market with a series of declining asking prices, an extravagant and much publicized Beverly Hills estate has finally been sold, for close to $33 million, and we hear from Platinum Triangle real estate insiders Charlie Chatterbox and Our Fairly Godmother in Bel Air that the new owners are wacky eyeglasses-wearing music industry icon Elton John and husband David Furnish. The nearly 20-acre gated estate, custom built in 2001, and sold by Guess co-founder Armand Marciano, first popped up for sale in the spring of 2011, with an in-hindsight preposterously sanguine $63 million asking price, and last listed at $37.9 million. Kimora Lee Simmons and Steve Wynn both initiated but backed out of purchasing the hill-topping Benedict Canyon estate, so the scuttlebutt goes.

The unapologetically ostentatious and elevator-accoutered three-story Mediterranean villa weighs in at a hefty 25,000-ish square-feet, with seven principal bedrooms, three en suite staff bedrooms, 10 full and 12 half bathrooms, nine fireplaces, and an 11-car subterranean garage. Designed for large-scale entertaining, the massive manse’s double-height foyer, baronial formal living and dining rooms, and commercial-grade kitchen are joined by a library/office, family room, screening room, wine cellar and gym. The luxuriantly landscaped and, no doubt, water guzzling grounds encompass immense lawns bordered by flowering gardens laced with meandering pathways, a mosaic tiled swimming pool and adjacent pool house with indoor/outdoor kitchen and pizza oven, and lighted tennis court with viewing pavilion.

Not surprisingly, Misters John and Furnish maintain a rock star-style portfolio of international properties. In addition to a 1960s contemporary in the Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills picked up in 2012 for $7.2 million, and a 12,000-plus square-foot duplex penthouse in Atlanta, the famously profligate pair keep a lavish villa atop Mont Boron in Nice, a downright monarchical country estate in Old Windsor — about 25 miles west of London, and a comparatively unassuming but by no means humble townhouse in London’s fancy-pants Holland Park ’hood.

listing photos: Hilton & Hyland (via Movoto)

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  1. divorce1943 says:

    I had heard a while back that the stylish couple were building a home in Ontario, Canada to be close to Furnish’s family. Was that a rumour, or something you missed?

  2. 7 bedrooms, 10 full & 12 half bathrooms, 25,000 sq ft of living space on 3 floors with a library, commercial grade kitchen, wine cellar & gym, elevators, 9 fireplaces, 3 full servants suites. This guy must have some bread

  3. Jeff says:

    Did Elton already flip it to Robbie William?

  4. Desert Donna says:

    This is the place Kimora Simmons was supposedly buying? So what about Trousdale? Will they park the kids there and live here? I didnt see Elton living there really..

  5. jamiekins says:

    Ah ! Elton (THE REAL KING OF POP)
    Yet another beautiful home for you and your family.
    Elton, you are enveloped in wonderous tasteful parachute of elegance and beauty. This home has a view to die for. You should just love it. I have wished I could have since the first time I saw it. I have no doubt when you have adapted it to your family it will be breathtaking ! I prefer your home in England but hey glad you have a few here as well LOL

    huggies to the Mama !

  6. gdolesker says:

    Congrats Elton on your new home. Exciting. Thanks Adele Cygelman for sharing that ‪#‎EltonJohn‬ purchased the estate the my team Designed and Made interior and exterior Lighting ‪#‎geraldolesker‬ of ‪#‎adglighting‬- we worked with #interiordesigner Michael Berman – all custom Designed for this estate.

  7. charles says:

    Good for Thim ($$$).

  8. Petra says:

    Rather ugly.

  9. jamiekins says:

    It’s a great estate and I have seen it for years, wondering who would eventually buy it. I think it’s beautiful and most of the 20 acres are not watered or landscaped just the few acres around the home.
    I’m sure they will love it and the view is amazing. I have always wanted this home just for that view..
    Enjoy Guys ! it’s great. Cocktails on that lawn at night with that view would be devine !

  10. One of these day’s I would like to attend one of your concerts. I have to am it you do have gift. I kid you not. Keep on study corse of 350*

  11. Rabbi Hedda LaCasa says:

    The giant snail in the foyer would give me nightmares.

  12. lil' gay boy says:

    Somewhere between crass and louche…

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