SELLERS: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
LOCATION: Beverly Park, Beverly Hills, CA
SIZE: 10,500 square feet (approx.), 6 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Mediterranean estate w/ grand views & privacy in prestigious Beverly Park South. Situated on over 4 acres the estate offers sweeping panoramic views. Grand two story entry features limestone floors, large skylight & wrap around staircase. This home is highlighted by a spacious and elegant master suite w/ his & her baths connecting to a state of the art gym. Gourmet kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances, large open formal dining room w/ step down living room. Manicured gardens w/ luxurious pool.
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Not too long ago Your Mama told the children about a stinking rich bizness man named Ronald Tutor who forked over a staggering $37,600,000 to purchase a not yet completed behemoth in Beverly Park, the mother ship of all the guard gated, mega-mansion communities in Los Angeles. While we were discussing the big buy, we floated a tidbit (see No. 4) about a rumor we'd been hearing about another celebrity owned Beverly Park mansion coming on to the market.
Well children, thanks to a covert communique from Our Fairy Godmother in Beverly Hills last night, we've now confirmed that country singing super stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have listed their Beverly Park South house with an asking price of $14,800,000.
Property records, recent reports and our pal Penny Pricegiver reveal that the Grammy winning couple purchased the 4.85-acre estate in August of 2003 for $6,200,000. Records also show that the seller was Sasha Stallone, the first of Sylvester's three wives. The children will recall that Mister Stallone also lives in a mammoth mansion in Beverly Park.
Listing information indicates the McGraw's Mediterranean style mansion measures in at a relatively modest for Beverly Park 10,500 square feet and includes half a dozen bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. Presumably this is the house that was burgled last year, a disturbing situation that rattled residents because like all the mega-mansions in Beverly Park, the house has state of the art security and sits behind gates in a guard gated community.
Anyhoo, it's clear to anyone with eyeballs that that the country crooning couple hired a nice gay decorator to do up and do over their big ol' house in a dramatic style. The double height entry features limestone floors (covered by a crazy shaped custom sisal rug), a couple of grandma's old wing back chairs and a center table with two items Your Mama loathes: a balloon skirt and a cloying statue of an angel. Call us cynical and call us callous, but there's just something so lonely feeling about wanting to have angel statues hanging around the house.
In the all beige dining room we have more statuary of the sort that would likely scare the skin right off Your Mama if we were to pass through in the middle of the night on our way to the kitchen for a candy snack. Our boozy and woozy eyeballs would see those figures looming in the corners with the moonlight behind them and fearfully wonder if our Beverly Park goose was cooked.
The family room area has been did up and done over in several shades of beige with taupe accents. Although generally speaking we're not a big fan of the all-beige day-core, we have to admit the family room, graced by a coffered ceiling and one of the mansion's four fireplaces, looks like an comfortable place to lay around and watch the boob-toob.
Although the kitchen is a bit country for our personal taste, we think it's very nicely done. We're particularly appreciative of the dark floors, the big mama Viking range and the restraint shown on the raised panel cabinetry. The Shabby Chic breakfast room is another story with it's Peptol Bismol pink paint treatment. We do think it's terrific that the McGraws have framed and prominently displayed their children's artwork in here, a dee-voon decorating scheme that all the children with children can re-create in their own homes.
Since we got nuthin' good to say about that blood red room except that those 1930s red velvet chairs are fa-boo and we'd bet our long bodied bitches cost as much as a Mercedes, we're just going to move on up to the master bedroom. Listing information states that the master suite includes his and her bathrooms that connect to a home gym set up. This sounds good until you have a long hard look-see at the "man's" bathroom. Not only does the "man's" bathroom include a lot of nearly impossible to keep spot free black tile and a gigantic black bathtub, it is also wide open to the home gym set up. This means, of course, that should you want to bring your trainer or yoga guru up into the gym to work your muscles or twist your body like a pretzel, he or she will actually be right up in your private pooper, a situation that we could not tolerate and we imagine the trainer and yoga guru would not appreciate.
Although the property spans more than four acres, much of it is hillside so the usable pad is much smaller than one might imagine. There is a large double gated motor court in the front and several tiled patios in the rear including a covered dining terrace, a built-in barbecue center for cooking up hot dogs, and an unfortunately shaped swimming pool and spa all of which overlooks the glittering lights of the less fortunate below. The property does not include a tennis court, something that may not be an issue with some fifteen million dollar buyers, but if Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter were in the market for a fifteen million dollar mansion–and we are not–we would require a tennis court where Tommy the tennis pro could work on our strokes in the privacy of our own home.
It is our understanding that Mister and Misss McGraw also own a 6,072 square foot nest on Chickering Lane in Nashville where they've been camping out while building a new crib on the nearby 17 acre parcel property records indicate they purchased in August of 2004 for $3,000,000.
Given that the next least expensive house in Beverly Park currently on the open market has a price tag of $19,995,000, the McGraw mansion looks almost like a bargain, don't it?
Top Photo: Pacific Coast News