A six-bedroom mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif. (well, actually, in the Beverly Hills postal district, or the BH PO) that Ricky Martin owned from 2004 until 2006 has come back on the market, this time for $26,900,000.
In a Big Time Listings exclusive, we can report on the listing of the house at 1309 Davies Drive in the BH PO, which hit the market on August 5.
Martin owned the house from when he bought it in 2004 for $10.9 million until he sold it in 2006 (before we began blogging) for exactly $15,000,000, according to public records.
Now, the people who purchased the mansion from Martin (and they are *not* celebrities; he's a CEO in the energy industry) have decided to hoist the place onto the market. The property has huge amounts of history to it, as the Los Angeles Times' Ruth Ryon noted in her 2006 report on Martin's sale. As Ryon detailed, the house that stands there now was built on the site of a now-demolished 9,000-square-foot, mid-century house that was first owned by Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, who had bought it for her only child, racecar driver Lance Reventlow. Sadly, Reventlow perished in a 1972 plane crash at age 36. Then, from 1976 until '87, actor Michael Caine owned the now-demolished house with his wife, Shakira. Although the Caines installed an indoor-outdoor swimming pool -- part of which was in the living room -- the new buyers in 1987 (who bought it after it had been listed first for $3.85 million, according to news accounts at the time, and later was listed for $2.95 million) removed the indoor portion of the pool, Ryon noted.
Early this decade, a builder paid $4,700,000 for the now-demolished, seven-bedroom house and 2.4-acre property, tore the house down, and constructed the mansion that currently stands on the property. Martin then purchased it in 2004.
Features in the mansion include 12 baths, a large family room that opens to a gourmet kitchen, a master suite with his and hers baths, a gym, and four bedroom suites, according to listing information. Outdoor features on the property, which sits on a knoll, include a guest house and a tennis court, according to listing information. The mansion's exact size is up for debate; public records say it measures 9,202 square feet, but for all we know, the assessor may be giving us the square footage of the house that previously had stood on the property until it was demolished early this decade. For what it's worth, listing information, says the estate measures more than 14,000 square feet (although some of that may include the guest house).
Check out an online listing sheet for the mansion -- complete with photos.