A nine-bedroom mansion in Los Angeles' Bel-Air area that is owned by Iris Cantor, the widow of securities firm founder B. Gerald "Bernie" Cantor, came on the market last week for $53,000,000.
Curbed LA broke the story on February 18 of the listing of Cantor's La Belle Vie mansion, which is on Cloud Road in Bel-Air. Our friends over at the Real Estalker penned a nice post on the listing on February 20. And, completing the trifecta, the Los Angeles Times' Ann Brenoff wrote an online post on the listing on February 23.
This of course is the second of two obnoxiously high priced Bel-Air listings that have hit the market in the last week. See below for Bel-Air's even more ridiculously priced, $85 million Mohamed Hadid listing over on Nimes Road.
Built in 1993, according to public records, or 1997, according to news accounts (the difference in dates comes from the fact that the mansion took more than five years to build), Cantor's mansion was designed by architect Michael C.F. Chan and measures either 23,227 square feet, according to public records, or 35,000 square feet, according to listing information. Features in the mansion, which is made of Texas limestone, marble and gold leaf detail, include 21 baths (yes, you read that right), a 40-foot-high rotunda with a curved staircase, an elliptical marble and limestone three-story entrance hall, a media room, a two-story paneled library, a family room/office, three kitchens, a master wing done in hues of champagne and bois de rose and with double sitting rooms and silk wall coverings, a staff wing (with three staff bedrooms), a wine cellar that can hold nearly 5,000 bottles, a gym, a beauty salon, a billiard room, and 12 fireplaces, according to listing information. The mansion's interior designer was Bebe Winkler, according to listing information. Outdoor features on the 1.21-acre (52,710-square-foot) property, which was designed by landscape architect John Wong, include a pool, fountains, a pavilion, a north/south tennis court, a subterranean 10-car garage, a gated granite motor court, and a security gatehouse, according to public records and listing information.
As the Real Estalker noted, this isn't the first time that Cantor, now 78, has had this property on the market. Back in April 2000, she listed it for $45 million, as the Los Angeles Times' Ruth Ryon had reported at that time (curiously, Brenoff did not search her own paper's archives for information on the $45 million listing in 2000; or if she did, she didn't reference said 2000 listing in her post). Cantor moved into the mansion in 1997, Ryon reported in 2000. (Records show that the Cantors purchased the property on which the mansion was built in late 1991 for $5,500,000.)
The Robb Report included the mansion in an article back in 2002.
As the Real Estalker also noted, Cantor spends most of her time out East, either in New York City, in the Hamptons or in Florida, where she owns homes.