When Aaron and Candy Spelling built The Manor, their lavish 14-bedroom, 56,500-square-foot estate in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Holmby Hills, they ticked off a lot of neighbors.
“The Spellings were generally unpopular among their Mapleton Drive neighbors, who watched the French chateau-style mansion slowly take shape over two years, at an estimated cost of $12 million,” Realtor.com explained a few years ago when current owner (and British heiress) Petra Ecclestone bought the home at age 22. “At the time, they described dealing with heavy construction equipment and throngs of curious onlookers.”
In fact, one neighbor filed an injunction against the Spellings that sought to limit the number of construction trucks that came to the property and to require reimbursement for any damage to neighbors’ property.
Before the Spellings began building, they had to tear down the home of another Hollywood legend — Bing Crosby, who lived in a 15,000 square foot (what a shack, right?) mansion from 1943 to 1964.
Ecclestone bought the home in 2011, and briefly placed it on the market in 2016 for $200 million. It was listed again seven days ago for $160 million.
You can see glimpses of it in from the Spelling era as Candy Spelling embarked on a quest to find a buyer here.
The home sits on five acres and borders the LA Country Club, but you won’t have to deal with the hoi polloi — it sits behind gates and hedges, and you have to traverse a winding drive to get to the circular motor court (but once you’re there, you can have 99 car-driving friends join you if you want).
The entry boasts 30-foot ceilings and a double staircase that leads to a solarium, formal and informal dining rooms, library, family room, theatre, chef’s kitchen, billiards room, bowling alley, gym, wine cellar, and beauty salon. There are 14 bedrooms and 16-and-a-half bathrooms.
On the grounds, there’s a “resort-caliber” swimming pool and spa, a championship tennis court, and plenty of gardens and green spaces.
And natch, it’s also close to Rodeo Drive, because Lord knows you’ll have enough closets to fill.