- Ashley Lacks
"The Beverly Hillbillies" Once Called this Mega-Mansion Home: Most Expensive Home on the
Who knew the most expensive home for sale in the United States would be recognized by fans from the 1960's sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies".
The lavish Neoclassical home of rags-to-riches protagonist, Jed Clampett, was the real life home of the late media mogul, Jerry Perenchio.
Currently on the market for $350 million, this mega mansion was designed by Architect, Sumner Spaulding, who reportedly designed the home in the early 1930's as a gift for his wife. However, his wife did not appreciate its opulence and never moved in. It sold in the 1940's to hotelier Arnold Kirkeby, whose family rented the home out for the set of the “The Beverly Hillbillies” and later sold it to Perenchio for $13.5 million in 1986, according to property records.
Perenchio renamed the 25,000-square-foot estate “Chartwell” and engaged designer Henri Samuel—whose client list included the Vanderbilts, Rothschilds and fashion designer Valentino—to redesign the palatial home, according to information released by a lineup of top Los Angeles real estate agents hired to market the home.
Perenchio, whose famous deals included promoting the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier boxing match in 1971 and buying failing Spanish-language channel Univision and selling it 15 years later for $13.5 billion, was worth an estimated $2.7 billion at the time of his death.
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These days, even considering inflation, the Beverly Hillbillies’ newfound oil wealth of $25 million could barely cover a down payment on the home. That's not quite enough black gold or Texas tea.
The new listing beats out the last record-holder, a spec home in Bel Air, by a whopping $100 million.
Listing agents on the property read like a who’s who list of the area’s top brokers, including Jeff Hyland, Drew Fenton and Gary Gold of Hilton & Hyland; Joyce Rey, Jade Mills and Alexandra Allen of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury; and Drew Gitlin and Susan Gitlin of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. The brokers announced the listing through a spokeswoman.
Courtesy of: Hilton & Hyland, Joyce Rey, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, Berkshire Hathaway, Mansion Global, Variety