77 Beverly Park, Estate of the Day
Today's estate first came to my attention in April of last year when the Wall Street Journal reported that Prince was renting this home in the Beverly Park area of Beverly Hills for $200,000 a month. Developer (and former husband of Vanna White) George Santo Pietro put the house up for sale in August of 2007 for $50 million. The 30,000-square-foot Tuscan-style mansion is a spec house seeking one very wealthy buyer. The home has nine bedrooms, a screening room, brick wine cellar and giant public rooms done on a grand scale. The two acre property also includes an outdoor kitchen, heated swimming pool, sand volleyball court and an herb and vegetable garden. Houses with this kind of price tag can sit on the market for a while but I'm wondering why this one is hard to sell. Is it just the price tag or is it the odd mix of grand vaulted space with rough hewn beam details. There's something off about this one, as if it is trying to be outlandishly extravagant and comfortably cozy at the same time and isn't fully doing either one with any great aplomb. It remains listed at $50 million.
Gallery: 77 Beverly Park