LOCATION: Malibu, CA
SIZE: 11,622 square feet, 11 bedrooms, 12.5 bathrooms (or maybe it's 6 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms)
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Remember last September, children, when Your Mama passed along some scuttlebutt about how Proteanly prolific producer/composer/songwriter/arranger David Foster and his Dutch-born fourth wife, formal model turned reality show denizen, Yolanda Hadid Foster, quietly made their meticulously maintained 3.25 acre bluff-top estate in Malibu available to those in the know as off-market listing with "an astronomical asking price of $27 million."*
Well, children, thanks to a covert communique from Eli Eagleyes, we've learned the Mister and fourth Missus Foster's custom-built ocean-view spread in The Bu—parts of which have been prominently featured on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills—has popped up on the open market with an official asking price of $27,500,000.**
Listing details describe the three-level mock-Med mansion as "Reminiscent of a romantic European villa" with 11,622 square feet that include—depending on where one looks—either eleven bedrooms and 12.5 bathrooms or six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. Inside there are extra wide plank recycled Bavarian walnut floors, head-roomy 12-foot ceilings, and generous rows of of glass doors that fold open to expose many rooms throughout the house to the sea misted sunshine and all but unobstructed ocean and sky views.
Situated on a high bluff directly above the world renown and not infrequently traffic choked Pacific Coast Highway, the blended Foster family's double-turreted stone and stucco manse is approached via a long, gated driveway that climbs its way up the hillside to a two-car parking pad as well as a much larger motor court with lattice-pattern brick inlay and an attached, three-bay garage.
The Foster's private retreat also includes a circular, ocean-view study lined with floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves filled with even more framed photos and decorative hard bound books). There are dual bathrooms and his 'n' her dressing rooms, his paneled like a high-end haberdashery and hers a light and bright boutique style affair with glass fronted wardrobes and miles of shelves that display Missus Foster's extensive collection of designer handbags and shoes, a single pair of which probably cost more the average domestic worker in Malibu pays in rent every month for his or her home in a probably distant and much less impressive zip code. But we digress...
NOTE: For scads of photos of the Foster home, go here, here or here.
*Full disclosure: Your Mama first heard the Fosters wanted $18 million. Then we heard it was $29 million. Finally the consensus came to $27 (or so) million.
**As of this morning the listing does not appear on the MLS but does appear prominently on the high profile listing agent's website.