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Luc Besson Buys Charlton Heston’s Beverly Hills Architectural Estate (EXCLUSIVE)

The longtime Beverly Hills residence of late Hollywood icon Charlton Heston was sold last month for a sliver more than $12.2 million, and this property gossip hears from both Lucy Spillerguts and Yolanda Yakketyyak that the new owner is French film director-producer Luc Besson. Set behind gates on a three-acre promontory high above Coldwater Canyon with panoramic mountain views, the striking and sharply angled contemporary main residence was commissioned in the late 1950s by the Oscar-winning and firearms-loving “Ben-Hur” actor, and designed by Modernist architect William S. Beckett.

Marketing materials show the compound-like estate comprises an approximately 5,100-square-foot main residence with glass-walled living and dining rooms divided by a marble bar, double-height library, and small office thrillingly cantilevered over the steep hillside. The four bedrooms in the main house include a staff suite, two guest bedrooms with attached bathrooms, and a master domain composed of private study, fireplace, dual bathrooms and walk-in closets. The back of the main house opens to an entertainment terrace with swimming pool; a separate, elevator-equipped three-story structure that abuts the estate’s tennis court contains another guest or staff suite, screening room and multilevel art studio with double-height ceilings.

Besson, a prolific action-genre specialist whose current slate of projects includes a sequel to the 2014 global box office hit “Lucy,” appears to have a bit of a thing for homes owned by other high-profile people. In early 2007, the Frenchman paid Brazilian super-model Gisele Bundchen almost $4 million for a Hollywood Hills house he hung on to until late 2013 when it was sold for $4.9 million.

listing photos: Jeff Elson for Nourmand & Associates

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