Nick Vanoff Estate Sells to Billionaire Financier

The sumptuous and carefully kept Beverly Hills estate of late, great four-time Emmy-winning television producer Nick Vanoff (“The Sonny and Cher Show” and “The Julie Andrews Hour”) was recently sold for $23.7 million, and the previously unidentified new owner, we first heard from Platinum Triangle real estate mover and shaker Peter Propertyseller, and later confirmed by property records, is billionaire financier Howard Marks.

The 1.25-acre spread, owned by the Vanoff family for more than 40 years, sits on a particularly plummy BevHills street, and includes a rambling, 1930s era Mediterranean villa of almost 8,800 square feet, with impressively scaled public rooms, a gated motor court capable of parking two dozen cars, and a fabulously photogenic swimming pool modeled after the one at the Hotel Cipriani in Venice. The estate has a total of 9 bedrooms and 11.5 bathrooms, including a sprawling, second-floor master suite complete with separate sitting room/office, dual dressing rooms and bathrooms, and three balconies. There are several staff bedrooms in the service wing beyond the kitchen, a roomy guesthouse atop the garage and a poolside cabana with two changing rooms.

Although Marks may not be a household name in Hollywood, he’s certainly a staple in the property gossip columns. In early 2013, he made an off-market deal to sell a 10-ish acre bluff-top estate in Malibu for $74.5 million to athletic eyewear tycoon and digital movie camera entrepreneur Jim Jannard, and last December he sold his 1.9-acre Brentwood compound in another hush-hush transaction valued at a bit more than $33.7 million to Bruce Karsh, his partner at Oaktree Capital. On the East Coast, Marks and wife, Nancy, continue to own a ritzy, 4,500-square-foot Michael Smith-decorated spread on New York’s Central Park South that’s currently for sale at $50 million, and in May 2012, they shelled out $52.5 million for philanthropist Courtney Sale Ross’ epic 20-plus room duplex at the world-renowned and preposterously swish 740 Park Avenue.

Listing photos: The Agency

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  1. dellH says:

    He got a deal for that price.

  2. Desert Donna says:

    I know this was an estate sale (and the estate certainly does not need it) but I feel money was left on the table here. This home is magnificent.

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