SELLERS: Max and Lubov Azria
LOCATION: Beverly Hills, Calif.
PRICE: $85 million
SIZE: (approx.) 30,000 square feet, 17 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Luxe-living fashion mogul Max Azria and his fashion designer wife, Lubov Azria, have slapped a publicity-assuring $85 million asking price on their exuberantly decorated mega-mansion in L.A.’s extra-tony Holmby Hills ‘hood.
The nearly three-acre Sunset Boulevard spread was long owned by the late Tony and Oscar-winning writer-novelist Sidney Sheldon, who sold the property in March 2005 for $14.4 million to a blind trust our sources swear was controlled by radio and television tycoon Carl Parmer Jr. Whatever the case, the estate was flipped the following July (2006) for $16 million to the Azrias.
The stylish couple immediately embarked on a massive overhaul, expansion and glammification of the estate that ballooned the overall square footage to about 30,000 and cost, per The Wall Street Journal, to a staggering $30 million. Listing details show the estate, dubbed “le Maison du Soleil,” has a total of 17 bedrooms and an astonishing — and, in this age of enforced water conservation in California, some might say excessive — 33 bathrooms.
The boutique hotel-scaled mansion features a capacious double-height foyer with a tubular chandelier that drops from the ceiling to the floor with 150,000 hand-placed crystals; numerous colorfully furnished reception rooms and lounges; a silver-leafed formal dining room; a double-island kitchen with walk-in refrigerator; a movie theater with tiered seating and built-in candy and popcorn bar; an office with gold-leafed ceiling; and a sprawling master suite with dual bathrooms and super-sized dressing rooms.
The carefully groomed grounds include a sweeping gated drive and a motor court larger than the parking lot at most 7-lls; expansive entertaining terraces including a dining patio with black and white marble checkerboard floor; broad sweeps of generously and expensively watered lawns; five gardens — French, Japanese, English, Moroccan and herb); two glass-ceiling greenhouses — one for organically grown produce, the other kitted out as a fitness center; several fire pits and outdoor fireplaces; a zero-edge swimming pool and pool house outfitted shower and sauna; and a tennis court with elevated viewing box.
Being in the heart of the Holmby Hills, the Azria estate is surrounded by similarly proportioned estates owned by a slew of rich and/or famous types. It butts up to a freshly rehabbed and expanded mansion purchased last August (2014) for $39 million by Sean Combs — or Puff Diddle or Fiddle Diddle or whatever name he goes by nowadays — and it’s just around the corner from the lavish mansion bitterly divorced former Dodgers’ owner and executive Jamie McCourt floated as an off-market listing at $65 million before she officially listed it on the open market at $55 million and sold in May 2014 for $45 million to — we’ve been told but can’t confirm — British billionaire Ian Livingstone.
A little peeking and poking around property record databases shows Mister and Missus Azria’s property portfolio includes (but is not likely limited to) a couple of condos in the same full-services Wilshire Boulevard highrise, a walled and gated cottage in a prime West Hollywood neighborhood and a sprawling condo on Miami Beach’s fancy-pants — if impossibly dull — Fisher Island that they bought in November 2005 for $3.447 million and have had on and off the sales and rental markets since the fall of 2010. The nearly 5,800-square-foot condo, which has 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, was last listed for lease in early 2015 at $45,000 per month and just a few days ago the asking price got a 10% bump in price from $7 million to $7.7 million.