Today’s Wall Street Journal featured Spelling Manor in Los Angeles, one of the largest homes in the world. At 56,500 square feet, it is slightly larger than the White House, and more than 21 times the size of the average American house. The French chateau-style home has a bowling alley, a wine cellar and tasting room, a screening room, a tennis court, a pool and hot tub, and a beauty salon with massage and tanning rooms.
Spelling Manor was built around 1990 by legendary television producer Aaron Spelling and his wife Candy Spelling.
Petra Ecclestone, daughter of the British billionaire and Formula One racing boss Bernie Ecclestone, bought the home in 2011 for $85 million. She famously hired a team of roughly 500 workers to complete a massive renovation.
The roughly five-acre, 120-room property is so big it is actually tiring to traverse, according to Sam Palmer (Petra’s fiance). “It’s a lot of walking,” he said. “Everything is far away. Even to just go a couple of rooms down, it’s a few minutes’ walk.” (Don’t you feel bad about all that walking to get from one room to another?)
The master suite alone spanned roughly 7,500 square feet or about three times the size of the average house.
The house requires 35 to 50 full-time staff members.
Petra recently sold the house for $120 million in 2019 (down from the original asking price of $200 million) because she and her fiance wanted to downsize.
And downsize they have, to a 17,000 square foot house in the Brentwood area of L.A….
So there’s another peak look at how the other .0001 percent lives. I’d spend my days watching movies, swimming, and bowling.
I guess that’s why I don’t live in a $120 million dollar home.
Note: music listened to was the Spotify Playlist: Morning Classical – uplifting classical melodies to help you rise and shine.
*image from WSJ story