Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas Sell L.A. Estate at Record Shattering Price

SELLERS: Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas
BUYERS: Ted Sarandos and Nicole Avant
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $15,947,000
SIZE: 15,110 square feet 7 bedrooms, 7 full and 3 half bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: After ten days on the open market and what appears to have been a 45-day escrow, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas have sold the so-called Isidor Eisner estate in L.A.’s historic and historically very rich Hancock Park ‘hood for $15,947,000. While the sale price may be a bit shy of their $16.1 million asking price it utterly blows away the previous record for the highest price paid for a single family home in Hancock Park, which occurred in July 2014 when Tinseltown scion and budding director Breck Eisner unloaded his S. Hudson Avenue estate for $11 million to a financial services industry fat cat. (The children may recall Eisner only purchased the 1.02-acre estate two years earlier for $8.865 million from actor and director David Schwimmer.)

Though it’s just some juicy rumor and gossip at this point, a well-connected snitch we’ll call Charlie Chitchatter told this property gossip that word on the Hancock Park real estate street is that the new owner might be a Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings but another, equally well-connected informant subsequently told us it’s not Hastings but rather Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and his wife Nicole Avant, the former ambassador to The Bahamas.

The Griffith-Banderases acquired the circa 1925, Gordon Kaufmann-designed Spanish meets Italian Revival-style mansion in 1999 for $4.2 million and the following year they scooped up the property next door for $1.3 million. They razed the existing house on the second property and brought the full size of the mid-city spread to 1.55 acres. Listing details show the double-gated 15,110-square mansion includes a grand entry, double-height banquet hall, formal dining room with coffered ceiling, paneled library and a two-story kitchen. The mansion’s seven bedrooms and seven full and three half bathrooms include a sprawling, celebrity-style master suite with two bathrooms and double dressing rooms. Additional features include a recording studio, fitness room, a guest/staff apartment, extensive security system and a swimming pool set privately in a central courtyard.

Mister Sarandos and Miz Avant own a much smaller, 6,138-square-foot Colonial house in the Flats of Beverly Hills they bought from fashion designer Max Azria in late 2010 for $5.41 million and they last appeared in all the property gossip columns a couple of years ago when they shelled out $10.2 million for a beachfront house in Malibu they bought from actor David Spade. The soon to be divorced Griffith/Banderases continue to own a semi-remote compound near Aspen, CO, that they purchased in two separate transactions in 2002 that totaled $5.05 million as well as a spacious, park-facing apartment on a lower floor in a distinguished building on New York City’s Central Park West.

NOTE: An earlier version incorrectly identified the aforementioned S. Hudson Avenue estate as being sold by Eric Eisner rather than his brother, Breck Eisner.

Listing photos: Hilton & Hyland

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  1. Desert Donna says:

    Well Petra, keep in mind her horrible plastic surgery..So a place like this may be EXACTLY why they stayed married so long. Lights out

  2. lil' gay boy says:

    Y’all too kind — and I agree on the décor — it looks like a colorized version of Sunset Boulevard

  3. Desert Donna says:

    LGB you always thrill me! That was a great comment. Maybe she will Marry him again like Don Johnson?

  4. Petra says:

    LGB, you kill me everytime…

    And yeah, I’m with Beth here – maybe it’s me, but I just don’t “get” this place. The interior decor seems just way too heavy, oppressive, and baroque. Looks almost cartoonish to me when I see it in pictures.

    How they stayed married for so long in a place like this is a wonder in itself!

  5. Beth C. Pfohl says:

    While the outside areas of this estate are quite lovely and beautifully groomed, the inside trappings and furnishings are gaudy and garish. Some of the rooms (especially the photo opening this article), look to be something that would fit in with the sets of “Outlander” or “Game of Thrones”. As one would say “To each his own.” But if I was to be purchasing this home I’d definitely be looking to lighten and brighten the place up, hopefully to reveal a warmth and charm to chase away the musty and oppresive feel I get looking through this gallery.

  6. Celebrity homes like this selling at exaggerated prices are ruining it for regular wealthy people, or not, to afford buying larger homes. Please stop the self-centered, selfish greed.

  7. lil' gay boy says:

    Wow, quite a price; they should get divorced more often…

    ..wait a minute…

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