Rich widow Candy Spelling has gone ahead and placed her and her late uber-TV-show creator husband Aaron Spelling's 123-room mansion in Los Angeles' Holmby Hills on the market for a whopping $150,000,000 -- making it the mansion with easily the highest current price tag in the United States.
Everyone and their brother is (or will be) talking about the listing of this three-story mansion, which is at 594 S. Mapleton Drive in Holmby Hills. We can't say with certainty who broke the story, but we suspect it was the Wall Street Journal, which wrote about it in its column that was uploaded to the Internet late Thursday. If not, it was the Associated Press, whose report on the listing hit the wires late on Thursday night.
Regardless, it's a fascinating, water-cooler-type listing, although we can't help but wonder if Candy's asking price is more designed to get her name in the news -- and further solidify her status as a really rich woman -- than to actually sell the mansion.
Built by the Spellings in 1990-1991, the mansion, known as the Manor, measures either 52,503 square feet (according to public records) or 56,500 square feet (according to news accounts). It has a bowling alley, a beauty salon, a gift-wrapping room, a wine cellar, a wine-tasting room, a China room, a gym, a library, a media room, a humidity-controlled silver storage room, a 17,000-square-foot finished attic, a service wing, and a screening room whose screen rises out of the floor, according to news accounts. The mansion has 11 bedrooms and 16 baths, according to public records. Outdoor features on the 4.6-acre property include a tennis court, fountains, a waterfall, a pool and spa, a reflection pool, a pool house with a kitchen, 16 car ports, an 18th-century-style garden, a rooftop rose garden, a citrus orchard, a winding driveway and parking for 100 cars, according to news accounts.
Spelling gave largely unremarkable comments to the Associated Press late on Thursday. However, her attorney laid on the chutzpah nice and thick, telling the Journal that Spelling did not consider a lower asking price. "The ones who could afford it three years ago, can still afford it today," and that $150 million "is not a lot."
The listing of the mansion isn't really unexpected, given reports last year of Spelling paying $47 million to buy a condominium on the top two floors of a building L.A.'s Century City area. At the same time, the mansion still has not yet been formally dropped into the MLS, so the only current photo that we (and everyone else) have for it is the one above -- a file photo dating to September 1993.
We're not holding our breath on Spelling getting anywhere near her $150,000,000 asking price. And you shouldn't, either.