By Christine Aebischer

$70 Million Home Sells in Beverly Hills, California

A contemporary mansion in Beverly Hills sold for $70 million, making it the most expensive estate sold in Beverly Hills recorded history. The home, known as
The Top of Hillcrest, is in the Trousdale Estates neighborhood and was completed in September 2014.

DCIM105GOPROThe 23,000-square-foot, single-family home, which was listed by Ben Bacal of Rodeo Realty and Brandon Williams of Hilton & Hyland, features panoramic views that span from downtown Los Angeles to the shores of Malibu.

“[This home] was special because it was located at the end of a cul de sac and therefore situated on a promontory with the entire 180-degree city views,” says Bacal. “The house had the widest radius doors and a massive open room that opened directly to that jaw-dropping view.”

The estate was first purchased by Bruce Makowsky, QVC purse tycoon, in August 2010 and was fully refurnished and enhanced with luxurious amenities. The home features 15 bathrooms with $5,600 Toto Nerorent toilets, eight bedrooms, a $200,000 candy room, an 18-foot onyx dining room with seats designed by Roberto Cavalli, an 18-seat screening room and a subterranean car showroom that can accommodate up to 16 luxury vehicles.

Additional features include apartment-sized closets, a 2,500-bottle wine collection and room, and tranquil fountains that can be controlled by an iPad. An automated 54-foot, curved-glass door opens to the expansive pool, which overlooks Los Angeles.

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Bel Air’s Liongate Estate Sells for $46.25 Million

The impressive Liongate Estate in Bel Air, which was originally built by world-renowned architect Paul Williams, sold for $46.25 million. The home is located on nearly two acres of completely private land in prime lower Bel Air.

01-2_1800x1169The estate is on a rare street-to-street lot with formal entrances on each street, Nimes and St. Pierre, two of the most exclusive streets in Bel Air. This sought-after location is just one of the many unique features of the home, according to listing agent Mia Trudeau of Hilton & Hyland. “[The area] has a lot of history, and the home is primely situated between the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Bel Air Hotel. It’s a very established neighborhood,” says Trudeau.

Additional unique features of the 11-bedroom, 17-bath home are custom marble fireplace mantels hand-selected and imported from Italy, beautiful walnut parquet-patterned floors that were recreated to match what would have been done in the ’30s, 22-karat gold fixtures in the bathrooms and a unique outdoor living area with a bar and bath house, adds Trudeau.

The estate also boasts a state-of-the-art movie theater, a ballroom, professional-grade gym with a spa room, an approximately 3,000-square-foot master suite, multiple terraces, a temperature-controlled wine room with direct access to the signature Paul Williams’ pool, a 2-bedroom guesthouse, tournament-grade tennis court and stunning views.

All of the furnishings for the Liongate Estate were handcrafted and developed exclusively for the home. For more information, visit