SELLERS: Wolfgang Puck and Gelila Assefa Puck
LOCATION: Beverly Hills, Calif.
PRICE: $8.495 million
SIZE: 6,025 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Celebrity chef and restaurant chain entrepreneur Wolfgang Puck and high-end handbag designer Gelila Assefa Puck must have fully settled into their $14 million mansion in Bel Air — a bit more on that in a minute — because they officially put their former five bedroom and 6.5 bathroom mini-manse in the ever-more popular Flats of Beverly Hills up on the chopping block with an asking price of $8.495 million. Those blessed with sharp memories may recall the current pricetag is identical to the asking price when the gated and high-hedged property ever so briefly popped up on the open market in early June 2014.
The freshly remodeled two-story residence, which current listing details show encompasses 6,025 square feet and describe as a “chic Mediterranean Villa,” opens to a “grand” entry with high-gloss ebony wood floors and an elegantly curved wrought iron railed staircase. A spacious, step-down formal living room has a vaulted and beamed ceiling; an imposing, fancifully carved antique stone mantelpiece; and, at one end of the room, a huge arched window and at the other a projection screen that rolls down out of the ceiling in front of a full wall of open shelving to transform the space into a screening room. The formal dining room overlooks the courtyard garden at the front of the house while a library/office with floating inset bookshelves opens through ceiling-height French doors to a trellis-shaded terrace that looks out over the backyard. Unquestionably roomy and luxuriously well equipped with marble countertops, commercial-style appliances, glass-fronted cabinetry and a charming window bench, the kitchen seems a little, well, generic for one of the world’s most renowned chefs, and we wonder if this kitchen was installed since the Pucks vacated the premises. Whatever the case, the kitchen opens over a double-wide center island with integrated snack counter to an informal dining area that gives way to a sunroom/family room with antique carved stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling French doors on three sides.
Along with a staff/guest bedroom on the main floor, listing details indicate there are three guest/family bedrooms on the upper level along with a master bedroom lined on opposite walls with French doors. One wall opens to a wrought iron railed Juliet balcony and the other to a private deck shaded by a striped awning. The suite is complete with a fireplace, sitting area, “luxurious closets” and a bathroom that incorporates a jetted tub, marble-lined shower and private toilet cubby.
The sunroom/family room opens on one side to an flagstone-tiled loggia that overlooks a small patch of grass hemmed by verdant gardens and gives way to a sunny swimming pool, sunbathing terrace and slender, awning-shaded cabana with a pair of cushioned, built-in couches. At the opposite end of the pool, two sets of French doors lead into a poolside cabana lounge attached to the side of a detached two-car garage.
The Pucks, we presume, have decamped their staged-to-sell BevHills mini-manse for a significantly more substantial, 12,289-square-foot Mediterranean villa with 8 bedrooms and an astonishing 11 bathrooms in Bel Air that they acquired in the fall of 2013 for $14 million from multibillionaire Hyatt hotel heir Anthony Pritzker. (Mister Pritzker, in case any of y’all didn’t know, moved to a modern, airport-scaled mega-mansion he custom built just across the ravine from the mansion he sold to Mister and Missus Puck.)
Listing details: Westside Estate Agency