Looks like the list of the biggest real estate deals of 2021 needs to be updated. On December 22, a large Bel Air property was quietly transferred for a whopping $ 133 million, tax records now reveal. The place was never officially put on the market, although it was privately purchased from qualified parties. At this point, the buyer remains unidentified, although there aren’t many people in the world who can afford to pay $ 133 million – in cash, no less – for a house, so we’ll see. how long does it last.
In fact, this place is not just a “house”, it is a real estate complex that spans four contiguous plots totaling approximately 4.6 acres. There are two large houses on the property, which are located behind high gates and taller hedges for maximum privacy. The larger main house, measuring approximately 19,000 square feet, is a rare structure designed by internationally renowned English architect John Pawson. In fact, it is the only house designed by Pawson in Los Angeles. The smaller guesthouse was built in the 1930s by Paul R. Williams and has its own swimming pool, poolhouse, and 6,600 square feet of space.
The seller was Japanese businessman Hideki Tomita, CEO of job search agency Dip Corp. While its score of $ 133 million is not as impressive as that of the recent $ 177 million deal with Malibu, it is still the fourth highest price ever paid for a California home. The price is also $ 48 million Following that Tomita paid for the place less than four years ago, in March 2018. At the time, the 55-year-old entrepreneur paid more than $ 85 million to buy the entire caboodle from its owners in ‘origin – alcohol heiress Ellen Bronfman Hauptman, a daughter of billionaire Seagram descendant Charles Bronfman and her investor husband Andrew Hauptman.
The Hauptmans acquired the land in 2002 and built the main house in 2009. In 2017, the structure designed by Pawson was photographed for Architectural Digest. The pair originally wanted $ 125million for the custom domain, but Tomita convinced them of a big discount – a move he seemed to have paid off handsomely.