For Sale: The ‘Beverly Hillbillies” Mansion — $350 Million
The most expensive home in the country is up for sale. The mansion, known as Chartwell is located in the heart of Bel-Air and sits on over 10 acres of some of the most valuable real estate in the country. The house itself is 25,000 square feet. The house was built back in the 30s by a real estate developer who had the place built for his wife. Well, in a strange twist of events, said wife hated the place and refused to live in it.
The house sat empty for quite some time before it was purchased by a very wealthy hotelier by the name of Arnold Kirkeby who held on to the house until 1986. it was while Kirkeby owned the house that it became one of the most famous houses in America.
On September 26, 1962 just about everyone in America got to see the mansion for the first time. That stately mansion was used in the TV show, The Beverly Hillbillies as the Clampett Estate.
Now, only the exterior of the house was used in the show. All the other scenes that took place in the house were all filmed on a sound stage with Hollywood sets. Still, every week, America got to see the mansion on TV.
Most recently, the house belonged to recently deceased media tycoon A. Jerrold “Jerry” Perenchio. Perenchio is best known for not being well known despite his massive wealth. In case you're wonder how a person makes that much money, the answer is TV. Back in the day, Perenchio teamed up with Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin and gave us such TV shows as, "All in the Family," “Sanford and Son,” “Maude,” “The Facts of Life,” and “Diff’rent Strokes.”
Needless to say, a great many changes have been added to the house since its' days as the Beverly Hillbillies house.
According to Variety:
The main portion of the property incorporates five contiguous parcels, one of which is the longtime residence of Ronald and Nancy Reagan that was purchased by Mister Perenchio June 2016 for $15 million, and there are two more non-contiguous properties located across the street. There are also vast, pristinely groomed gardens that surely require a small fortune and half of a dozen full-time gardeners or more to maintain, a roughly 5,700-square-foot guesthouse designed in the early 1930s by Wallace Neff, a 75-foot-long resort-style swimming pool and pool house connected to the main house by an elevator and a tunnel, a lighted tennis court and a subterranean parking garage that will accommodate dozens of cars. The main house sits on a high point of the sprawling estate where it has sweeping, over-the-treetops views from downtown to the Pacific Ocean.
The price tag for the place? $350,000,000
The most expensive home in America.