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. (more…)