High-powered Australian businessman, recruitment-industry entrepreneur, and budding film producer Andrew Banks, one of the “Sharks” on the Australian version of the reality-competition program “Shark Tank,” has his sumptuously appointed seven-bedroom and 10-bathroom Beverly Hills estate up for grabs with an asking price just shy of $17.5 million.
The 10,500-plus-square-foot mansion was last sold in the fall of 2012 for not quite $9.2 million; the house and grounds were subsequently given a comprehensive and no-doubt exuberantly
costly overhaul. A grandly capacious foyer with a double staircase leads to a formal living room with a fireplace, a dining room with built-in china cabinets, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and a family room that opens to the backyard. Four guest bedrooms and a den on the second floor are joined by a deluxe master suite replete with a private sitting room, two fireplaces, dual bathrooms, and a fitted dressing area with two walk-in closets. The elevator-equipped residence also includes a staff suite, a home theater, and a gym/yoga studio, while the grassy grounds provide shaded patios, a built-in grilling station, a swimming pool with cabana bath, a self-contained one-bed/one-bath guesthouse, and garage parking for four cars.
Banks is a bit of a newcomer to the Stateside-property gossip columns, but he made headlines Down Under in 2010 when he sold a lavish, five-story Italianate villa in Sydney for a record-shattering $52 million. Reports from the time indicate that the six-bedroom and nine-bathroom mansion, with unimpeded views over Sydney Harbor, featured a home theater, an art gallery, a glass-roofed dining room, and an elevator that holds 21 people. Banks, who once maintained a residence at New York City’s Trump Tower, reportedly followed up the sale of his
Sydney manse with the $4.8 million purchase of a 32nd-floor apartment in the ritzy Mid-Levels area of Hong Kong.
listing photos: The Agency