A six-bedroom, castle-like house on about 3.5 acres in Malibu Calif. has been listed for $17 million, according to public records, listing information and the Wall Street Journal.
Built in 1978 and known locally as Hodges’ Castle or as Castle Kashan, the mock-Scottish castle at 23800 Malibu Crest Drive actually measures 6,256 square feet in size, according to public records, and not the 10,000 square feet that the Journal reported today. Lawrence, who is an arts patron, philanthropist and the daughter of the late Iranian oil minister Dr. Reza Fallah, bought the property in 1998 for $2.8 million, according to public records. Features in the castle include eight baths, arched gates and windows, turreted walkways and a tower, the Journal reported. Check out the castle’s listing sheet. Situated at the end of a long private driveway, the castle is located on a knoll that overlooks Malibu Colony and Surfer’s Point, according to listing information.
Additional Internet chatter—and certainly not all of it true—on the castle can be found here. The New York Daily News in 1998 reported that when the castle was built in 1978 by a doctor, “his neighbors were so outraged they pressed for the creation of a local planning commission so that nobody could build another one.”
Until 2000, Lawrence, 62, also had a home in New York City, when she sold her 40th-floor condo in the Essex House at 160 Central Park South for $2,675,000. It’s unclear where she would move once she sells the Malibu castle.