Thursday, August 9, 2007

Suzanne Saperstein Rides Again...

SELLER: Suzanne Saperstein
PRICE: $75,000,000
LOCATION: Kuehner Drive, Simi Valley, CA
SIZE: 123 acres, 12,500 square feet (approx.)
DESCRIPTION: The finest world class equestrian estate on approx. 123 acres, built in 2004, just 40 mins from Beverly Hills! Beautiful Mission Revival style mansion (apporx. 12,500 sqft designed by Richard Robertson), 6 guest houses, 10 staff houses, substantial "hunter jumper" equestrian facilities...3 pvt water wells, water treatment & distribution system, 2 fuel storagee tanks (gas & diesel, 500 gal each). Public utilities & solar energy, as well as helipad.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Y'all know the hysterics we went through looking at the spectacle that is "Fleur De Lys," the Holmby Hills house that billionaire dee-vorcée Suzanne Saperstein has on the market for a staggering $125,000,000.
Rumors have long been circulating that the middle aged, couture clad glamazon also wanted to sell "Hummingbird Nest Ranch," her 123 acre Simi Valley getaway. And just this morning we received an email from the Texas Tipster who pointed us to the listing for the sprawling equestrian complex which has hit the market at a whopping $75,000,000.

Your Mama was thoroughly scandalized and upset to the point of tears by the obscene and vulgar display of wealth we saw with the Holmby Hills mansion. The whole notion of building a grandiose and gargantuan house modeled after Versailles seems silly, tacky, and the very definition of nouveau riche. But because we like to give credit where credit is due, we confess to much more positive feelings about Miss Suzanne's Simi Valley manse than we do about the behemoth that is "Fleur De Lys."

Although the sprawling Spanish style house is tremendous by any one's standards, it's still a fraction of the size of "Fleur De Lys." The listing for the quasi-rural property states that the main house measures approximately 12,500 square feet. Other promotional materials we've seen for the property state the residence has approximately 17,000 square feet. We're not sure why that discrepancy, but given Miss Suzanne's well known penchant for excess square footage, we'd wager that the larger figure is more accurate.

Your Mama has not been able to locate information that states the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in the main house. We have heard through the grapevine there are 6 bedroom suites, but please, don't anybody quote Your Mama on that because it's just hearsay at this point. If anyone in the know would like to confirm for Your Mama, please feel free to give us a shout.

What is not hearsay is that the property includes half a dozen guest houses. Each
of the guest units, individually decorated in Holiday Inn chic, include 3-4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living and dining rooms, full kitchens and laundry rooms. They are so well outfitted and at such a distance from the main house, that there's practically no need for Miss Suzanne to ever see guests unless they're summoned to the big house. To be honest, the guest houses look like ordinary Simi Valley tract houses on the outside. However, one of them, called "Sitting Bull" is a lovely brick residence from the 1920s. Perhaps this is where the more favored guests are housed?

In addition to the half dozen guest houses, the listing states there are ten staff houses. TEN! Which of course makes a certain amount of sense. It takes a lot of hands to run a private world class equestrian resort like this. But children, just imagine the massive payroll the Miss Suzanne is responsible for every month. No wonder she's selling this place. We would too. What single lady wants to be responsible for 10 live-in households? A lady can go through a big deevorce settlement right quick with those sorts of financial obligations.

Your Mama does not need to tell the children that we are repulsed by the garish decor and over blown architecture of "Fleur De Lys." But this house, we're feeling complimentary about. You can keep all the horsey riding rings and barns (we'd sooner ride the bus than a horse any day), and no, of course we would never choose rose colored velvet chairs for the dining room or any other room for that matter. But the architecture of the house itself is really quite lovely.

We expect to see this sort of classic Spanish architecture in Santa Barbara and Montecito, but it surprises us a bit in Simi Valley. But then again, what does Your Mama know? After all, we have never actually been to Simi Valley, and in fact the only reason we know anything about Simi Valley at all is because it is where the Republican powers that be built the Reagan Library. An odd location to be sure, but sufficiently out of the way so that Your Mama will never have to bear the mortification and indignity of laying eyeballs on the place.

The interior spaces have been meticulously designed to look as if the house has withstood the test of time, when in all actuality, it was built in 2004. While the decor is pretty much the antithesis of how Your Mama does up our own living spaces, we are grooving on those apricot colored couches in the living room. They're fussy. But they're also gorgeous and totally appropriate for this room. And unlike the antique furniture museum that is"Fleur De Lys," this actually looks like a room that one could curl up with a big bowl of frozen yogurt and read the tabs.

Your Mama has no interest in a wing back chair like is featured in the master bedroom, but we are mooning over how decadently comfortable this room looks. We would never consider a giant tufted ottoman for our own bedroom or lay out apricot colored chenille lap blankets at the foot of the bed. None the less, Miss Suzanne's team of nice gay decorators have done this room up gorgeously. And the vaulted ceiling is totally swoon worthy.

"Hummingbird Nest Ranch" is not just a home. It's also a business. Which in some ways explains the huge number of guest houses and the excessive equestrian facilities. Miss Suzanne rents the place out for weddings and other corporate functions, hosts charity events as well as equestrian shows and competitions. Ad if you're a horsey type in Simi Valley and really lucky, you can board your horse in one of the barns that hold dozens of purebred ponies.

We have heard a rumor, just a rumor kids, that Miss Suzanne is going to pack her G5 and decamp to a villa outside Paris or perhaps Luxembourg or Switzerland where taxes might be more favorable for the filthy rich deevorcée. But here's what we really want to know: If Miss Suzanne got the big house in the Holmby Hills and the sprawling ranch in Simi Valley, where is the Mister Saperstein living? Anyone?

Sources: The Sunday Independent

67 comments:

Stephanie said...

How old are their kids? Do they live with Suzanne or are they tucked away in boarding school somewhere?

Anonymous said...

Mr. Saperstein lives in Houston TX

Phoenix said...

Jonathan is in the 19/20 year range, Alexis 18/19, and Stephanie 17/18. I know nothing of their whereabouts or activities.

Jason said...

Does anyone else think it looks like one of the "biggest loser" ranches??

madam z said...

Suzanne (and her ilk) are only trying to recreate heaven, give her a break. :)

Let the filthy rich try to copy their vision of heaven, I say.
They know Life is short but eternity is, well - Eternity.
It's the only way they'll ever know what it looks like. Ever.

p.s. I'm wondering why I seldom see the family plot sections - adorned with heavenly gates/statues/fountains, etc. lol;)

so_chic_darling said...

To quote Miss Coco Chanel,
"Some people think that luxury is the opposite of poverty.It is not,it is the opposite of vulgarity".

so_chic_darling said...

.......And Mama is NEVER vulgar,EVER!

Anonymous said...

The Hummingbird Nest Ranch was in fact home to the Biggest Loser.

For season four they are not staying at the ranch. This might explain why.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Saperstein lives in the Four-Leaf Towers in Houston. I hear he is trying to get venue changed in the divorce case to Texas because there is no alimony in Texas....

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:16

David Saperstein does, indeed live in the ugly pink granite Four Leaf Towers. I'd think he could at least do The Huntingdon if he wanted a Houston penthouse, but that's just my $.02

Funny thing, his penthouse is appraised at $1.2 million. That is like one bathroom or a chair at Fleur-de-Lys.

TonyV said...

They also had a Malibu house which I believe HE got in the divorce. Pretty high living for a family that isn't even listed in the FORBES 400 list of richest Americans. Kind of shady.

Anonymous said...

YEAH, Daddy lives in Texas and my favorite story is when "on route to Texas on the Lear Jet......Daddy get's off in Tx and a team of Lawyers board and serve her papers and say have a nice flight as she Jet's off to Europe on a shopping spreee$$$$" And Mama, she got dumped for the Nanny...Girl I tell you. Never let someone younger, better looking and sexier than you...near your mate........ Sister may be rich but she is stupid....

luke220 said...

It is "The Biggest Loser" ranch. The Wall St Journal today has a write-up in the Weekend section.

Mama beat them to the punch!

ProPHX said...

As much as I appreciate Fleur de Lys (and I like this ranch even better), and as much as I admire and even envy the Sapersteins for their ambition and wealth, they are simply fools. They spent years and years building Fleur de Lys and now, because of the divorce, they're selling it. And the ranch is even newer. These houses were barely finished when these fools began their divorce.

Really, who would buy such a house as Fleur de Lys? If I had that kind of money, I would build my own house rather than buy a Versaille replica.

By the way, Suzanne and Fleur de Lys were featured in a 2002 article in Vanity Fair.

Anonymous said...

No mama - for tax free living in Europe it's either Monaco or the United Kingdom ... your only 2 choices really

Anonymous said...

Sounds like she is heading out of town....or out of the country. Too bad if she leaves L.A., just think of all the spending $$$$ that will be going elsewhere. There will be a lot of unhappy caterers, party planners, etc......

Anonymous said...

http://www.hummingbirdnestranch.com/

Barbra said...

Please...Simi Valley California is ANYTHING but ordinary!

Anonymous said...

The horse painting. Hee hee. I almost love it. I'd sell this place in a flash as well.

Richard Fineberg said...

I can appreciate an article presenting a critique of a particular property, but resent the generally condescending swipe taken at the entire community of Simi Valley. "Your Momma's" comments about Simi Valley are akin to a "thumbs down" movie review by someone who's not even seen the film! As a long time resident of Simi, I have nothing but praise for this beautiful community which happens to also be one of the safest cities in the USA.

Anonymous said...

Simi Valley is 40 minutes from BH?!?! On most days it takes 40 minutes to get OUT of BH...unless, of course, you take your helicopter.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Saperstein is set to marry the Nanny in early September. He lives between Houston and Malibu. She is in her very early 30's. He is 66.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Saperstein is also encamped in the Malibu beach house..

Anonymous said...

dear readers,
this is alexis (suzannes daughter) really do you guys have nothing else to do all day? its really a shame that all yall have to pick on people you dont even know. i am dealing with a lot and its really not helping to bash my family when you guys havent even met us. i am a student in college trying to escape all of the nonsense that people were talking about in LA. please stop talking about my family because it really hurts and we are trying to pick up the pieces.

Anonymous said...

Only so you know dear people, David and his new "girlfriend" Hillevi (also from a very small town in Sweden) is getting married this saturday..

The wedding is going to start on friday with a pre-wedding with a tema of coctail-party, saturday is the day of the wedding and on sunday everyone is invited to a western party on a ranch nerby..

It's one spectacular wedding.

Anonymous said...

What money buys! They bought the police dept. for this freaking wedding. I live near their Malibu house and the wedding event disrupted our community for days! With police escorts. They closed 1 lane of our one and only street! Glad is over
they worked on that event 24 hrs. per day...

Anonymous said...

I'm not suprised that they overdue this wedding.. If you have alot of money, you can buy almost everything. It's true, but sad.
Now am I just waiting to see the wedding photos.

How does Hillevi look now?
When she was in Sweden last time, she looked too plastic...

Anonymous said...

Alexis,

I hope everything works out well for you and your family. I know your father. I worked for him at Metro Networks for 9 years and always admired him. He is an extremely friendly and generous man. Hang in there and just ignore the spiteful comments.

John

Anonymous said...

I know Hillevi since her childhood days i Bua, Sweden, last tim I saw her was in 2005 on the Makrillfestival in Bua, she has made some "improvments" to her body, but she was much better looking before...

Anonymous said...

I agree with Alexis. I'm grossed out and embarrassed by all of you who have no lives and are wasting your time being ignorant and bothering those who are actually trying to live their own lives.

I've known David Saperstein my whole life. He and his first wife and their two kids lived next door to us when I was growing up. I remember David Saperstein as a wonderful, kind, and generous man and father. An example of his genuine thoughtfulness was when he heard that my father died; he immediately sent money to my dad's charity foundation. And when he heard that my sister was very sick with cancer, again he sent money to help us find a cure. We didn't even have to ask. That's the kind of man he is.

And David Saperstein didn't inherit his money. He worked hard his whole life to earn it. I remember him owning a car dealership or something like that. Anyway, to find something clever to attract people to his dealership he actually brought in animals. It was like a petting zoo attached to his dealership. I think I even remember seeing a lion or some other jungle animal. As a kid, I thought this was so cool and unique.

So finally his clever ideas paid off. It’s actually quite impressive that he had a vision and carried it out to where it became a real success. That’s the American dream that everyone strives for. And the fact that he became a success certainly doesn’t give anyone the right to judge him and his family. Jealousy is so unbecoming. So give him and his family a break and get a life of your own! Maybe once you do, you'll be happy and stop wasting your time bothering the Sapersteins!

Anonymous said...

If he's such a "standup" kinda guy,why was he flirting w/Suzanne on a plane when she was a stranger...and married no less?She shouldv'e seen this coming.What goes around comes around they say.Or can't teach an old dog new tricks.

Anna said...

That proves it - you can't buy good taste.

Kimberly Burnette said...

I worked for David Saperstein when he was based out of Houston. My name is Kimberly Burnette I think Mr Saperstein is a kind a genrous man. He hosted a party at his Memorial home for all his employees this is where Jonatan was born before he lived at 2222 River Oaks. I admire this self made man. Alexis you are beautiful and you can use your name and power for the good of mankind as long as you do this you can feel good about all that your name brings/ People do not judge less you be judged. Suzanne may be extravagant but after all that is what makes her unique obviously we are all intriqued my this family or else we would not comment. This family has contributed to alot of causes and I personally feel proud that I was able to know this man for a short time Good luck to you and your family I hated to hear about the divorce but even the rich are not immune to life's events. I wish you well Kim_Burnette@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

1st off, knowing the Saperstein's very well....Suzanne and David (yes with Suzanne's mother and staff) have a raised a wonderful family. Whom ever has the privilege to meet Alexis or Stephanie will see wonderful individuals who are nice and caring. Trust me, the silver spoon they were born has not made their life easy. So stop throwing stones at someone just because they have money and spend it. I'm sure plenty of people leaving comments here could take a second look at their debt and spending habits and find excess.

As for Suzanne, if you meet her you will no doubt find her charming amazingly real, fun, and intelligent. As well, if you knew her, you would know she worked hard for many years to make her marriage last for the sake of her family, even when walking away with a bank full of money would have been an easier route.

As for David Saperstein, your kids are loving, smart, and beautiful. Don't forget to love them and stand behind them while you start your new life with Hillevi.

Don Roberts said...

Unlike some on this thread, I'm not afraid to display my name. I had the pleasure of working for the Saperstein's in their household for nearly three years.

At a time when the average employee lasted days or weeks my service can be regarded in the category of long service and we didn't exactly leave on the best of terms. That said,I have nothing but respect for both David and Suzanne.

They were hard task masters and many couldn't reach their standards but at the same time they were very generous and caring of the staff that served them well.

David was very generous to those who surrounded him and his displays of giving to the community are just an extension of what he offered to those close to him.

They were, in all reality and to be harsh quite a disfunctional family, I would've hated the childhood the children had but I'm glad to hear through various aquaintences that all three have grown into nice individuals and I
hope in some small way. I might have contributed to that. I enjoyed the time I spent with them, whether it was accompanying them with their nanny to events, or fixing toys etc. around the house. Or even cooking for the lil fusspots!!

Sure, I was envious of the wealth
and a little jealous but I was able to keep their and my life in perspective and could see the good the bad and the ugly and the areas
of life that caused strain on relationships and it was not a surprise that the marriage never lasted and for that I'm sad as I'm truely a romantic at heart.

But this doesn't just happen to the rich and famous, it happens at every level of the socio-economic scale so just because you have a couple that are rich why make such a big deal of it. In the words of the old book that an atheist like me doesn't particuarly subscribe
to, but can recognise some of the sense of it, says..."May he without sin, cast the first stone"
...or along those lines.

Until you, the bloggers can match, just in proportion, what this family has done, and have lived a perfect life, don't be so quick to criticise. They aren't perfect but they are away ahead of all the nameless contributors to this post.

To Jonathan, Alexis and Steff, don't let the words affect you too much, while it's your family they are bagging, the events were beyond your control so go forth and have a great life (they'll forget about you next time Paris or Britney get arrested).

To Suzanne, we cried together when Duke died, enjoyed margaritas by the pool and some great reds down in the wine cellar,hope you enjoyed those fine Gold Medal winning wines I bought from New Zealand and didn't use them for cooking like that dumb Texas wine advisor suggested.

And David, thanks for the genorosity, the lessons in media and business and chewing the fat on those trips out to the airport. But I still think that Bentley was overrated!!

To all you bloggers, do what Alexis said, get a life!!! This is my first ever blog, I've looked at this site a couple of times and bit
my tongue but I couldn't sit any longer and let old friends be bagged by those who I just know, couldn't possibly be better than these people.

I hope you all have great lives, thanks for the genorosity, a great lesson down the highway of life and the memories.

Don Roberts
(Auckland, New Zealand and soon to be Perth, Western Australia)

Anonymous said...

I have also worked for the Saperstein's and agree. Everyone out there should not judge a book by it's cover! I must admit, they can be a little over the top, but how would you be if you were in their situation? Would the money turn you into something else(would you have blinders on to the whole world?)? We all wish for money, but we don't really think about how this would effect us. I know you are strong Alexis. Sometimes you probably don't think so, but you are. Hang in there kiddo. I remember you told me once that you used to show your new friends another house(like the Fleur De Lys) so you would be excepted. Don't hide from your Dad's wealth. Embrace it. Trust it, but don't let it get to your head. Because of it, you can do anything you want in this life. Cure those sick animals. Be that Vet. As for The Mr., look around and breath in your suroundings. Look at that tree's, or your flowers, or just a sunset. Remember that you are just a man with wealth, Nothing more. As for the Ex-Mrs, stop drinking so much wine, stop smoking and get rid of that woman who is your house manager. She is back stabbing(Sorry, my own thoughts). I would like to say that I am thankful for knowing the Sapersteins. They have all brought me memories that will last a life time. Good or Bad(Mr.=good, Mrs=bad).

Anonymous said...

I worked for the family as personal security when I lived in Cali. They are F'd up. She could never leave any of the homes without two (2) personal security people. It was hilarious, she waas such a bitch. He was always out of town and going out without her.

Anonymous said...

DON:

LOL, did you like them even when the fired you for having a party at the Malibu Home. That was hilarious you getting tossed out of that place. SEE YA HOUSE BOY, LOL

Don Roberts said...

Wow, I thought this was about the Sapersteins but if some cowardly, nameless donut sucking ex-security person wants to start another thread about me I'm quite happy to play along. Try using your name too Chickens**t and we can front up to a judge for him to decide if I was fired!!!

A party at Malibu? If three people having lunch by the pool makes a party (which is probably as many friends as you could muster to a gathering), then in your eyes it probably was a party but that wasn't the reason for my departure.

Working with a bunch of lazy police and armed forces rejects was much more of a reason that led to my resignation. As one astute Estate Manager said once, "If it wasn't for the Sapersteins employing so many security staff, there'd be alot of unemployed Walmart Security Guards looking for work.

Most of you guys had the personality of a wet bus ticket, the IQ (and bravery) of a fainting goat and the energy of an ants fart. The appetites made up for it though, spending all day feeding your faces and watching your waistlines explode.

I sure as hell lasted there alot longer than the majority of you guys and have gone onto bigger and better things. I moved on, you obviously haven't and have a chip on your shoulder bigger than your pea brain.

So, if you want a piece of me, go ahead, but I bet I'll roll you up into a little ball and spit you out

To the minority of security staff who didn't fit into the above categories, you know who you are and know me well enough to know I'm not tarring you with the same brush. To the other rejects, enjoy checking doors on your nightly rounds at the mall, its about all you were good for in the first place!!

So, if you want to respond, have the guts and courtesy to leave a name or else go crawl back under your rock, I can't be bothered maintaining a dialogue with cowards.


Don Roberts
Perth
Western Australia

Anonymous said...

Relax "Napolean Syndrome" Guy.Some of the secutrity acted the wat we did because we saw through the Sapersteins Act.

They would sooner fire you (AND THEY DID, YOU DID NOT RESIGN) then care about you.

"Three Friends" you probably picked up three bums off the side of PCH. You are such a tool you couldn't find .003 of a friend.

Working for the family was a joke, my loyalty was to myself. The family took the same attitude.
Your statement"that you lasted longer then anyone of us".Proves you are complete idiot,why would anyone want to admit they put up with the Sapersteins shit the longest?

One last thing vertically challenged man, you are probably slaving for another family right now. My career is carrying on very well in an unrelated field.

Anonymous said...

As an observation I would hazard a guess that the security guy is now chicken farming. Still hiding behind a veil of annonminity when challenged to come clean.

Sounds like the ideal sort of Security Man, loyal only to himself!!! No wonder he is now in an unrelated field.

Anyways, thanks for an interesting forum. Nice to see how so many individuals think and see things

Dipshit Dog said...

sounds to me like this don fellow is carrying round a significant and angry chip on his shoulder.

come on buddy, give it to me verbally, tell me what a cowardly dipshit dog I am and how you're so strong and masculine you could rip my head off.

ha ha ha ha ha.

Anonymous said...

Being a person who has a wealthy father I am here to tell people that MONEY does not bring hapiness. It makes life easier. However what would you rather have? I spend many days wanting hapiness. I spend many days wishing I could spend holidays and special occasions with both parents. I have watched my mother work hard raising me and my two sisters on her own, allowing my father to work long hours at the office so that the two of them could someday enjoy the wealth. In my senior year I watched my dad leave and marry a younger woman. I watched as they bought and built numerous homes and went on $100,000 vacations. When not with my dad I am with my mom and I can see the hurt. Id give up a trust fund anyday for a family. For anyone who thinks money makes life heaven, think about it - all money changes is what you see, not what you feel. If you are blind, you would never know if you were living in a trailer or a Beverly Hills mansion. Living in a mansion is fun I admit but only for so long. In time I have seen that all it is is what I see. Close your eyes and its nothing but a shitload of walking.

Anonymous said...

Being a person who has a wealthy father I am here to tell people that MONEY does not bring hapiness. It makes life easier. However what would you rather have? I spend many days wanting hapiness. I spend many days wishing I could spend holidays and special occasions with both parents. I have watched my mother work hard raising me and my two sisters on her own, allowing my father to work long hours at the office so that the two of them could someday enjoy the wealth. In my senior year I watched my dad leave and marry a younger woman. I watched as they bought and built numerous homes and went on $100,000 vacations. When not with my dad I am with my mom and I can see the hurt. Id give up a trust fund anyday for a family. For anyone who thinks money makes life heaven, think about it - all money changes is what you see, not what you feel. If you are blind, you would never know if you were living in a trailer or a Beverly Hills mansion. Living in a mansion is fun I admit but only for so long. In time I have seen that all it is is what I see. Close your eyes and its nothing but a shitload of walking.

Anonymous said...

Being a person who has a wealthy father I am here to tell people that MONEY does not bring hapiness. It makes life easier. However what would you rather have? I spend many days wanting hapiness. I spend many days wishing I could spend holidays and special occasions with both parents. I have watched my mother work hard raising me and my two sisters on her own, allowing my father to work long hours at the office so that the two of them could someday enjoy the wealth. In my senior year I watched my dad leave and marry a younger woman. I watched as they bought and built numerous homes and went on $100,000 vacations. When not with my dad I am with my mom and I can see the hurt. Id give up a trust fund anyday for a family. For anyone who thinks money makes life heaven, think about it - all money changes is what you see, not what you feel. If you are blind, you would never know if you were living in a trailer or a Beverly Hills mansion. Living in a mansion is fun I admit but only for so long. In time I have seen that all it is is what I see. Close your eyes and its nothing but a shitload of walking.

Anonymous said...

Being a person who has a wealthy father I am here to tell people that MONEY does not bring hapiness. It makes life easier. However what would you rather have? I spend many days wanting hapiness. I spend many days wishing I could spend holidays and special occasions with both parents. I have watched my mother work hard raising me and my two sisters on her own, allowing my father to work long hours at the office so that the two of them could someday enjoy the wealth. In my senior year I watched my dad leave and marry a younger woman. I watched as they bought and built numerous homes and went on $100,000 vacations. When not with my dad I am with my mom and I can see the hurt. Id give up a trust fund anyday for a family. For anyone who thinks money makes life heaven, think about it - all money changes is what you see, not what you feel. If you are blind, you would never know if you were living in a trailer or a Beverly Hills mansion. Living in a mansion is fun I admit but only for so long. In time I have seen that all it is is what I see. Close your eyes and its nothing but a shitload of walking.

shonuffdilly said...

Hey Don! I'm surprized you lasted that long. You had been throwing partys at Malibu since year 1 and managed to get away with it for almost 3. The only reason is because security was non-existant in that family. The 5S's were too busy using them to lay sod,sweep stables,pour coffee,etc. Had they been permitted to do what they had been trained to do in our various police agencies,you would have been gone 2 years previously. The family was stereo-typical.They were easy to deal with,once you accepted where you stood.Totally business,nothing personal. What was difficult working in the household was the wanabees that seemed to think that the best way to come into grace was to try and make yourself look good by making others look bad.In the Corps we called them buddyf***ers.You finally got what was coming to you.

Anonymous said...

I only lasted 2 months with Suzanne!!! BAAA!!!!! Geez, what a trip down memory lane reading all this stuff!

I was at the Bev Hills house, before Fleur de Lys, when it was just an architectual concept, and when we just finished the Malibu house (Mar De Amor - I still have my robe!) and had that grand party with the Pointer Sisters!! Those b*tches wouldn't get out of the limo until I gave them a check for $10K. Hilarious!! Later on around 11pm, I got an insane BJ from a drunk 52 yr old woman (friend of Suz) in the back of her Jaguar, and she then gave me $427 out of her pocket, and I let her drive away from the party totally wasted!! Hilarious!

David was a cool guy. Suzanne was difficult to say the least!!!!

Coolest guy on the planet was house manager Marc Lenoir!!! Where is he now??

Glen the security guy was a nice guy. The fireman kid (other security guy) was an A-hole.

Cripes, how many times did Marc Lenoir give me his Amex card and send me down to Rodeo to buy $1000 worth of light bulbs or buy suits at Mens Wearhouse?!!!

How about the hot a.s.s Swedish blonde chick (David's PA)from the office that totaled the Mercedes??

How many F You letters did they get every time someone quit??!! The next day there would be one in the mailbox!! hahaha!!

Did Dave really marry that nanny from Sweden with the f-cked up teeth??? From when the kids were little??? Wow!! She was NOT hot.

I took Alexis shopping once. We spent $675 on crap over by UCLA. Whatever she wanted! Of course I bought a kick azz LV wallet for myself. Hilarious.

Everyone was banging the mexican housekeeping girls that hid out in the back room ironing all day and watching Telemundo. They were our personal jizz receptacles. No english, but they could suck like you wouldn't believe! The ATTIC!!

Suzanne and that HUGE diamond ring just sitting in a drawer in her stupid closet!!! Big as a 50 cent piece! Worth hundreds of 1000's...she hated it, and could've cared less!

Surprised David put up with her for that long?!!

How about Suzanne and her smoothies before her workout, that were supposed to be fat free, but we used 100 real cream and lots of sugar. They must've been 6000 calories and 74gms of fat!! She would say, "Are these really fat free??" We'd say, "Oh yes Suzanne, all natural, totally healthy!"

I would buy 10K worth of scarves, trinkets and desk supplies from HERMES on Rodeo, have them ship it to some mail place in New Jersey, then they would Fed EX to the house in BH. All that, just to avoid paying CA tax on the goods!! Hilarious! David was a smart dude!

How about when I knocked over a huge glass sculpture out by the pool at BH house. David and Suzanne asked what just happened outside? Marc jumps in and says, "Oh, Max and Minnie got out of their cages and did that!" The dogs were in the garage and sleeping! Marc was the best! It was always the staff against David and Suzanne. Marc told me to always agree with them and always lie!!! He ruled!!

All in all, working for them for 60 days seemed like 9 years, but I still talk about my experiences there. I wish I would have stayed on to live at Fleur de Lys!!! Then again, I probably would have committed suicide within a year, if I had to endure Suzanne that long...

This was great. Unbelievable!

Glen said...

Why in the world would I google suzanne saperstein after 12 yrs and find this hilarious article? I have no idea. But reading this stuff is like a walk down memory lane. First off, the maids that worked in 1997 were great ladies, Andrea, Lucy. all of them. It is true Marc was one of a kind, a great guy, Marc I miss you. jenny von...well.. u know...was a sweetheart caught in hell. Jenny, I hope you are well. The only staff member that was "difficult" was Juha. but he was an artist. lol. The staff was truely amazing, we stuck together for the most part...with james at my side who would mess with me? Don, I read your blog, i always considered you a friend. Working in an environment like we did, it was easy to lose your identity trying to find favor in the eyes of the employer. Don is alright. Sooo many good times with Brandon (omg) the jet skis and the seadoo boat....jumping 6 foot waves with Jonathan turning green next to me (well it was his party :)). Poor Jose trying to retrieve the boats after breaking their moorings. How many times did we just shake our heads at the antics of the family and just try not to laugh. I will not say one bad word about the sapersteins. They provided me one Heck of a fun place to work,i lasted 6 months and left on my terms, i would still be there (because i can handle them) but my family was more important to me. And when you work for the sapersteins (well suzzanne anyway) They are your life. Jonathan, Alexis and stepanie, u don't remember me, you were pretty small, God Bless.

Anonymous said...

Hey Glen!!! Speak of the devil... this is weird that I too googled the Sapersteins after 12 years, to find out what ever happened to Metro Networks, and I got this!! Spooky we both show up here at the same time.

I wrote the long post above yours. Do you remember me?? I was the guy that went to work for Charlie Sheen! Remember?!

Dude you are right. The Saps were nutty, but we can't bust their chops for being super rich. I knew it was white collar slavery after day 2, but I hung in for weeks. 5am to 7pm 6 days a week.

Boy, did I hate bringing up the tea and coffee every morning. Suzanne was always half nude every time. I started leaving it outside the door, knocking loud, then running down the stairs back to the office to hide out.

The Mar De Amor party?! That ruled! Remember David freaking out beforehand as we were all trying to get the place cleaned up 6 hours prior?? He had a meltdown when he caught me being practically raped by 4 of the Mexican maids in his new all mahogany walk-in closet!! They had me pinned down and were pulling down my Kenneth Cole trousers like I was a pinata!!! He flipped out, and the girls scurried away like roaches. He just looked at me like WTF?! I shrugged and told him I didn't know either...

Drinking Cristal, Dom, and Perrier Jouet all night and eating that seared albacore sashimi. I spent the night after the party. Worked the next day,(joke) had 2 days off, got in a car wreck, broke my arm then went to work for Charlie Sheen.

And I didn't even send another one of those famous FU mailbox letters. HA!

I thought for sure David would have married Jenny. They had something happening or so I thought. He paid for all her stuff, ie : apartment, bills, car, jewlery, etc...

All in all it was a wild ride. You maxed out the life span of the position at 6 mos. Wow!

Take Care and be well Glen. You were a cool guy.

Anonymous said...

The Sapersteins, what a saga...

Where to start? Hillevi; What the hell was Mr. Saperstein thinking????? He had to re do her completely. Nose job, cheek implants, chin implants, breast augmentation, even longer blond hair extensions and that horrible orange spray on tan. Couldn't he just find a woman that he was attracted to without having to re do Hillevi?

I guess David doesn't mind married women either. He paid the price when Hillevi married a guy from Santa Barbara just for her green card. Guy's name was Sebastian Axelsson or something. So much for being law abiding!

Mr. Saperstein, what were you thinking? At least Suzanne had a personality and was witty and funny.

But then again, Suzanne used to be a Stewardess and Hillevi worked as a janitor on a cruise ship. I guess they were both social climbers.

But the Saperstein kids, what wonderful kids. Jonathan, Alexis and Stephanie.

What about that mean old Swedish lady, Grandma. No wonder Suzanne drank too much. She just followed in her mother's footsteps.

I hope that they are all happy though. Maybe David and Hillevi will start having little babies soon. And I'm sure that Hillevi has a lot of Swedish nanny friends. Be careful Hillevi, you never know when you will be traded in for a younger version of you. Scary!

Anonymous said...

I met the Sapersteins in Houston at their party, right after the River Oaks home was remodeled. Even back then, Suzanne smoked and drank too much and I observed David rolling his eyes at her. He told me how they met. Apparently, he was standing in line at an airport and she was fishing around in her purse pretending to have lost her credit card. He put his American Express over her shoulder and told the agent to pay for her ticket. They had sex on the plane. There ya go, a true American love story. A golddigger gets picked up at an airport. Smart girl.... rich woman. I liked David alot, but if he married his nanny and (redid) her, he's an idiot. Didn't the first divorce teach him anything ? Don't marry !!! And 30 years difference? Come on man, wake the FK up. I thought you were a good guy. Not a dumb one. Suzanne was always a golddigging bitch, and she hit the motherload.

Brook said...

Hey Dave, you better not try to have Children from your new wife 'cause she ain't gonna hire a nanny, you 're gonna have to change the diapers and do other stuffs that must be done while the ex-wife jets around the world with young bloods. When you get old, the wife who could have been like more than a wife for you is now gone into her freedom. Your old age will make you remember her whether you like it or not.

Anonymous said...

Lets get the story on track here people. Suzanne DOES NOT own this ranch. This is David's. She lost this ranch in the divorce, despite she wanted to keep it. He's bank rolling the facility and looking to turn it into a 5 star resort which is being presented to the city council in Feb. The gossip these days is unbelievable. I know these people well, worked for them for 3 years. FDL is the Ms.'s. The ranch is his, and the Malibu home is his.

Anonymous said...

In the event any of the kids are still reading this post: Ill remain anonymous because it is the appropriate thing to do. None of your parents new how to adapt. Neither of them had the skills and psychopathology sets in. Ive shared many a day of fun with you all and am sure that you will find the resources you need to learn to adapt to the life chosen for you. It is important to allow your brains to think for themselves and to consider how important it is to think and reason as an independent part of a nucleus that can continue without you. You will need to build your own lives and know that life will always present a stigma as of to who, what, and how you are to behave and conform to the "wealthy" archetype. Breathe deep and exhale peacefully.

Public: anyone can post on these blogs. It amazes me to look back at all the posts by various house staff to see how little respect you have for yourselves and your identity. What is a no brainer to see is the consistent misuse of time and respect for employers and an obvious lack of training in how to work for a high profile family PRIVATELY! You do nothing for the industry of private security but show that you are not to be trusted and busy thinking with the brains between your legs and not in your heads.

such a shame! I left in good standing with written praise and my career better because of it. Then again I wasn't in security.

Anonymous said...

stephanie is a sad victim of this sham of a "family" she will never recover from it and is a mess

Anonymous said...

I think all of this is rubbish. Do all of you know how they are now? Do you? Let them do what they want and let them be happy. It's not up to us to tell if they're happy or not or if they did the best choises overall. Let them be and live your on life instead...

Anonymous said...

Wow how interesting to read. I use to be in charge of Security for a few years at Fleur de Lys.

I agree...what was David thinking to marry Hillevi. First, she was already "Green Card Married" to a dude in Santa Barbara. Did there get a divorce...? I can not picture David and Hillevi infront of the Immigration Officer. Perhaps a "donation" to the local Congress Man helpt to bystep the immigration.
Even the French Butler Patrice was "adopted" in the Hillevi deal as he was / is a good friend of her.
Apparently David opened a Company for Patrice to keep him in the Country. Finally he'll get a "W2" at the end of the year as he has not paid taxes for all the illegal years he has been in the US.
What a mess! I assume everyone is happy though.

Anonymous said...

Another few tidbits from the "New" Mrs. Saperstein; How stupid does she think that people really are?? She is so ridiculously out there! She goes around telling the world that she has 5 children!!! Hellooooo?? At least two of them were born before she was. Does she think that her saying that explains why she looks like she is Donatella Versaces older sister??? And telling people that she knows that they should buy Sirious stock! Isn't that called insider trading? She should go back to her gold-digger school and try to remember "What not to do and say as the 35 year old younger third wife. Get a life!

Anonymous said...

Another few tidbits from the "New" Mrs. Saperstein; How stupid does she think that people really are?? She is so ridiculously out there! She goes around telling the world that she has 5 children!!! Hellooooo?? At least two of them were born before she was. Does she think that her saying that explains why she looks like she is Donatella Versaces older sister??? And telling people that she knows that they should buy Sirious stock! Isn't that called insider trading? She should go back to her gold-digger school and try to remember "What not to do and say as the 35 year old younger third wife. Get a life!

Shana said...

To be honest they are not bad people what so ever... they had there problems just like everyone else in the world but people focus on them more because they have more money... just because they have money doesnt make them any different that a normal person... Hillevi is a little odd and has had her fair share of problems I lived at the hummingbird nest ranch and heard all about them... but it doesnt give anyone the right to judge her or anyone else in there family for that matter... And David is an amazing guy if u knew him u could really relate to how real he is ... Dont judge those you dont know!!

Anonymous said...

I never said that I didn't know her.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous (#?) is misinformed: tax havens in Europe are Monaco, Isle of Man, Luxembourg, Andorra (Spain), Channel Islands, Switzerland, Lichtenstein.
So, there's far more than "two" locations to chose from.

I've actually heard Susanne Saperstein is a nice person. Not at all the usual rich floozie!

Anonymous said...

You have HEARD that she is a nice person???

I also HEARD that Michael Jackson was not a pedophile.

If you do not have first hand experience, why bother commenting??

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