A ‘legendary’ estate that was once the largest private residence in Los Angeles is back on the market with a $65 million price chop. Here’s a look inside the luxury home that was previously owned by Sonny and Cher and neighbours the Playboy Mansion.

Mike KelleyThe back of the estate’s ivy-covered mansion.

You can live around the corner from the Playboy Mansion – for $US115 million.

RobbReport reported that this price – while still expensive – is $US65 million less than the owner’s first asking price. According to Variety, the home was originally listed in 2017 for a “rather ridiculous” cost of $US180 million by Woodbridge Group – double what it was purchased for a year earlier.

Recently used for a pre-Grammys brunch, the 83-year-old-estate is located in the exclusive Holmby Hills neighbourhood nestled between Beverly Hills and Bel Air.


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The luxury home features nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. Like another nearby mansion previously owned by Cher, the luxury home has its own private tennis court.

Today, the estate is represented by Sally Forster Jones,Tyrone McKillen, and Tomer Fridman of Compass, along with Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland.

Keep reading for an inside look at one of Los Angeles’ most exclusive multimillion estates.


The Owlwood Estate was first built as a family estate for developer Arthur Letts. After his death, the home was completed by his widow Florence Letts Quinn and her subsequent husband. The estate was the largest Los Angeles residence at the time of its completion.

Courtesy of Megan SadlerThe estate’s mansion and front lawn.


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Following the Letts and Quinn families, the estate changed hands amongst some of Hollywood’s most elite stars.

Simon BerlynAn aerial view of the mansion. The property’s pool and pool house can be seen in the top right corner.


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Owners of The Owlwood Estate over the years included Sonny Bono & Cher, who purchased the property from actor Tony Curtis. Additionally, founder of the infamous Hotel Bel-Air Joseph Drown once called the estate home.

S O’Meara/Getty ImagesSonny and Cher in 1965.


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Previously, according to an Owlwood representative, “Marilyn Monroe was a usual fixture and part-time resident at the villa, having been a close friend and rumoured lover of previous owner Joseph Schenck.”

Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty ImagesA portrait of Marilyn Monroe taken in Palm Springs, California in 1954.


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The Owlwood Estate neighbours both the Playboy Mansion and the Spelling Manor in the exclusive Holmby Hills neighbourhood. Also nearby is the Los Angeles Country Club.

Google MapsA Google Maps view of the three mansions, each within 1 mile of one another.


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The neighbourhood itself is nestled between Beverly Hills and Bel Air. Past neighbourhood residents included Walt Disney and Frank Sinatra.

Google MapsHolmby Hills rests between Bel Air and Beverly Hills outside of Los Angeles.

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The Playboy Mansion — occupied by Hugh Hefner until his death in 2017 — is infamous for its Hollywood parties. The mansion recently sold for $US100 million.

Charley Gallay/Getty Images for PlayboyA cocktail hour at the Playboy Mansion in 2015.


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Meanwhile, the Spelling Manor — now known as simply The Manor — is among Los Angeles’ largest homes. The 123-room-home is larger than the White House, and it broke the country record when it sold in July for $US120 million.

Flickr/Atwater Village NewbieAn aerial view of The Manor.


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The Owlwood Estate sits on 10 acres of property …

Courtesy of Simon BerlynAn aerial view of The Owlwood Estate.


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… which is made up of three lots. One lot includes the pool, pool house, and tennis court, another sits empty, and the third includes the historic mansion.

Courtesy of Simon BerlynAn aerial view of the three contingent lots on the Owlwood property.


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The entire property — including the main mansion — is currently on the market for $US115 million. It was originally listed for $US180 million in 2017 by Woodbridge Group developer Robert Shapiro.

Courtesy of Simon BerlynThe mansion and its circular driveway.


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From the street, passersby can only see the main gate …

Google MapsA street view of the property’s main entrance.


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… but up the drive, the mansion soon comes into view. The mansion was designed by architect Robert D. Farquhar in 1936.

Courtesy of Megan SadlerThe front of the mansion.


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The mansion — classified as “Italian Renaissance Revival” — includes over 12,000 square feet of floor space. Upon entering the home, the main hallways include finished wood walls and light marble flooring.

Mike KelleyInside the mansion.


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On the first floor, several living rooms offer plenty of seating in the Tuscan-style luxury home. One such room features a grand piano …

Mike KelleyOne of the home’s living room areas.


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… while elsewhere in the home, another room is complete with more modern furniture, bookshelves, and a large desk.

Mike KelleyAnother sitting area.


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The dining room seats 10 at a large table. The room also includes bench seating, a buffet table, and — like most rooms — a chandelier.

Mike KelleyThe mansion’s dining room.


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The mansion features ten bathrooms.

Courtesy of Megan SadlerOne of the mansion’s ten bathrooms.


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A grand staircase in the main foyer wraps around a large crystal chandelier …

Mike KelleyThe luxury home’s staircase.


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… which leads upstairs to the bedrooms. The second level of the home is covered in off-white carpeting.

Mike KelleyA view of the staircase from the second floor.


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There are nine bedrooms in total …

Mike KelleyOne of the mansion’s nine bedrooms.


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… including a master suite with a dressing room.

Mike KelleyA dressing room in the home.


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Other rooms also feature plenty of natural light and additional seating.

Mike KelleyAnother bedroom in the mansion.


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Back downstairs, another sitting area leads outside to a patio …

Mike KelleyAnother downstairs sitting area includes curved sofas.


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… which serves as an entertaining space during the early evenings.

Mikey KelleyThe side of the luxury home.


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The side and back of the house are covered in ivy, and the lawn is beautifully manicured.

Mike KelleyThe back of the mansion.


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The property also includes a pool and poolhouse. The pair was installed by Olympic swimmer and actress Esther Williams when she owned the estate.

Mike KelleySix lounge chairs are set up poolside on the property.


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Inside the poolhouse, outdoor furniture surrounds a coffee table.

Mike KelleyInside the poolhouse.


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Nearby, an on-site tennis court is surrounded by hedges.

Mike KelleyThe property’s tennis court, surrounded by hedges.


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In the past few years, the property was used for a pre-Grammys brunch, which featured a star-studded guest list. Staff wore white and served sponsored drinks.

Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Roc NationStaff ready to greet guests arriving at the mansion.


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In the backyard, a temporary pavilion was set up, along with additional outdoor seating and games.

Ari Perilstein / Stringer / Getty ImagesThe backyard set up for the brunch.


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In the front of the home, a larger-than-life chess board was set up on the lawn.

Ari Perilstein / Stringer / Getty ImagesThe front lawn during the pre-Grammys brunch.


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A brunch spread was laid out on tables on the side of the mansion. Other stations included a cigar station and multiple bars.

Ari Perilstein / Stringer / Getty ImagesA table stacked with food at the event.


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Stars in attendance included Joe Jonas and his bandmates from DNCE, along with his brother Nick Jonas and fellow singer Demi Lovato.

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc NationFormer Roc Nation Management president Phil McIntyre, Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato, JinJoo Lee, Cole Whittle, Jack Lawless and Nick Jonas (left to right).


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Other guests included Rihanna and Greys Anatomy actor Jesse Williams.

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc NationJesse Williams greets Rihanna in the backyard.


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Jay-Z hosted the event, as his group Roc Nation sponsors the event.

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc NationJay-Z and Rihanna high five at the event.


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Jay-Z mingled with guests such as Jaden Smith, DJ Khaled, and Sean Combs.

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc NationJay-Z surrounded by guests at the event.


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Inside one of the mansion’s sitting rooms — in front of the fireplace — Brett Yormark and Michael Yormark toasted the event. The brothers head Roc Nation.

Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Roc NationThe Yormark brother raise their glasses in the mansion’s sitting room.


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