Ride Out the Pandemic In This Pacific Palisades Luxury Rental

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This Pacific Palisades mega-mansion is coming on the market as a rental.
(Photos by Simon Berlyn)

Any summer plans you’ve put on hold? We feel your pain. But coronavirus be damned. This Pacific Palisades luxury rental will take the sting out of that canceled trip to the Tokyo Summer Olympics or South of France. It recently hit the market for $350,000 a month.

Current owner is Los Angeles developer/architect Ardie Tavangarian, renowned for selling some of California’s most exclusive (and expensive) properties. According to the Wall Street Journal, a 2019 sale of a Bel Air manse garnered $75 million.

First impressions seal the deal. (Simon Berlyn)

Hilton & Hyland agent Rayni Williams (who shares the listing with husband/partner Branden Williams and Judy Feder) told the WSJ: “If you figure that the elite and wealthy aren’t going to be in Europe this summer and on their yachts, they might come to L.A. and rent a very luxurious home in lieu of that yacht.”

Why not? A pandemic is definitely the time to make lemonade—with or without a shot of Billionaire Vodka. (Yes, there is such a thing; a bottle will set you back $7.25 million.)

Either way, we’ll gladly join the home’s new renters for cocktails.

The roughly 20,000-square-foot estate sits on an acre overlooking the Santa Monica Mountains and the ocean. It sports six bedrooms, a spa, movie theater, and fully-stocked wine cellar.

Two special features blow us away. First, the master suite sports a custom-designed roof that retracts for unobstructed star gazing. Closed, it’s a projection screen for watching movies in bed.

And secondly, the huge garage can instantly be transformed into an event venue. Who would have guessed the car turntable doubles as a dance floor?

Other not-to-be-missed features include a 40-foot statement wall (which reportedly cost $2 million to build) and a “sauna pod” offering views of the mountains. A sitting room opens to seamlessly blend indoor/outdoor living.

Outside, there’s an infinity pool with hidden Jacuzzi and custom cabanas. A lounging area appears to be floating on water. And olive trees surround the al fresco dining area.

California living at its ultimate best.

The pièce de résistance? This over-the-top mega-mansion is move-in ready. The monthly price tag is all-inclusive of the lust-worthy furnishings and art.

Did we mention Tom and Rita Hanks live next door?

And while it’s difficult to predict what’s ultimately in store for the country’s multi-million dollar real-estate market, Ms. Williams told the WSJ that the COVID-19 crisis “led to significantly more demand for high-end rentals.”

Come to think of it, we can’t think of better digs to ride out the pandemic.

1601 San Onofre Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA, is presented through Hilton & Hyland.