By: Richard Wamsat
"Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed, a poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed, then one day he was shooting at some food, and up through the ground came a bubbling crude..."
I used to watched the Beverly Hillbillies re-runs as a kid, after school with my brother and sister. I always sang along with the theme song too even if it was just in my head. It was a catchy tune and good tv. Jed Clampett became a millionaire and moved his family, Ellie Mae, Jethro, and Grannie out to Beverly Hills in the back of an old beat up hillbilly truck. The house they bought came complete with a cement pond in the back.
The mansion used in the show currently known as "Chartwell" is now available for sale for the first time in 30 years according to a joint press release from Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, Hilton & Hyland, and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.
Built in 1933 by architect Sumner Spaulding, the residence was enhanced and restored under the direction of the recently deceased owner, Mr. A. Jerrold Perenchio, after he purchased the estate in 1986. Mr. Perenchio engaged renowned designer Henri Samuel, known for his work on estates owned by the Vanderbilts, Rothschilds and Valentino, to redesign Chartwell. Over the subsequent 30 years' adjacent properties were acquired to expand the estate, including a Wallace Neff guest house and a long private driveway. Inspired by 18th Century French Neoclassical design, the main residence is approximately 25,000 sq. ft. in size and poised for entertaining in grand style. Features include exquisitely detailed limestone facade, a ballroom, world-class wine cellar, formal salon and period- paneled dining room. The remarkable grounds encompass expertly manicured gardens, a tennis court, covered parking for 40 cars, 75-foot pool and fully equipped pool house, all set against sweeping panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean.
Priced at $350 million the LA Times is reporting it as America's most expensive U.S. residential listing.
Zillow shows the home as being located at 750 Bel Air Road, Los Angeles, CA 90077, and public records show that Mr. Perenchio purchased the former Kirkeby Estate for $13.5 million in December of 1986.
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