A Beverly Hills mansion long owned by veteran entertainment industry mover and shaker Chris McGurk was quietly sold, according to property records, in an off-market deal for $16 million. McGurk, formerly Vice Chairman and COO of MGM — and currently Chairman and CEO of juggernaut digital content distributor Cinedigm — acquired the double-gated estate in August 1996 for $3.77 million from Louise Taper, an accomplished historian and the Abraham Lincoln artifact collecting daughter-in-law of late real estate developer S. Mark Taper, after whom the Mark Taper Forum in downtown L.A. was named.
The nearly three-quarter-acre estate, just around the corner from the Beverly Hills Hotel on a wide and tree-lined street, is anchored by a vaguely Tudor-style mansion of about 11,500-square-feet with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. A double-height foyer with a curved staircase and inlaid Parquet de Versailles-style wood floors leads to a formal living room with a stone fireplace, a separate dining room, and a family room with another stone fireplace. The back of the house opens to a flat and high-hedged backyard with a trellis-covered terrace for dining, a free-form swimming pool and spa, and a lighted tennis court with a pergola-shaded viewing platform. According to listing broker Brett Oppenheim at The Oppenheim Group, the house will undergo an 18-month, multi-million dollar overhaul by prominent Los Angeles architect Richard Landry and internationally renowned designer Thomas Pheasant.
Our research shows McGurk also owns a six-bedroom, seven-bathroom beachfront contemporary privately located at the end of a gated lane near El Matador State Beach in Malibu that, as it turns out, is available off-market, per online listings we turned up, with an asking price of nearly $9 million.
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