SELLERS: Simon and Natalie Fuller
LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA
SIZE: (approx.) 8,000 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 3 half bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: After 2.5 years on the market and a handful of price chops, Simon Fuller has at long last sold his former Beverly Hills mansion for $14.6 million. The recorded sale price is well above the $8.5 million the English “Idol” franchise creator paid for the place in July 2005 but it is also substantially below its last official asking price of $15.9 million and a far cry from the fruitlessly optimistic $21.5 million the estate was saddled with when it first came up for sale in May 2014.
Secreted behind a tall wall and an even taller row of trees on a discrete cul-de-sac due north of the L.A. Country Club and directly south of David Geffen’s 10-acre estate, the approximately 8,000-square-foot three-story mansion, a mixture of “old world glamour and modern sophistication” per listing details, has five bedrooms and five full and three half bathrooms. The stately, traditional exterior of the house belies decidedly minimalist but still richly opulent interiors conceived and executed, we presume, by Mister Fuller’s interior designer wife Natalie (Swanston) Fuller. The stylish and sophisticated tone for the house is set straight away in the foyer with its ebonized wood floors and spectacularly sculptural floating circular staircase. There are ample formal living and dining rooms that open through banks of French doors to the outdoors as well as an office/library and an all-white marble-countered gourmet kitchen that’s open to a family room that also has multiple sets of French doors. Other features of note called out in marketing materials include a screening room/media lounge with wet bar, a temperature controlled wine cellar/tasting room, a complete fitness center, and a detached guesthouse. A broad terrace along the rear of the residence has open views over a simply but lushly landscaped backyard and swimming pool designed by celebrated architecture and design firm Marmol Radziner.
In 2010 it was reported Mister and Missus Fuller maintained an impressive and no-doubt brutally expensive to maintain international property portfolio that, on top of their Los Angeles home, included sumptuous residences in London and Sussex, England; Punta del Este in Uruguay; the South of France; and Nashville. Our research indicates the Fullers sold a luxury condo in Nashville in November 2013 for $2.035 million and it’s not known, at least to this property gossip, if they purchased another Music City pied-a-terre. However, we do know that back in June 2014, just about a month after the Beverly Hills home they just sold first came up for sale, Mister Fuller, who has managed a slew of to celebs including David and Victoria Beckham, Amy Winehouse, and Annie Lennox, shelled out $24 million for a 12,435-square-foot Bel Air mansion he bought from 9th grade drop-out turned multi-billionaire international businessman David H. Murdock, the same fellow who once owned and sold just about the entire Hawaiian island of Lanai in 2012 for somewhere around $300 million to mega-rich software tycoon and trophy property collector Larry Ellison.
Listing photos: Hilton & Hyland