The allure of this hilltop Beverly Hills mansion has drawn several high-profile celebrities to call it home over the years. Prince rented the estate for a time and would perform live here on numerous occasions. Actress Elizabeth Taylor, NBA basketball All-Star Carlos Boozer, executive producer of “Jumanji,” Ted Fields and Russ Weiner of Rockstar Energy have also all lived in the home at some point. Today, the listing is for sale with a price tag of $29.995 million, or can be rented for $80,000 per month.
The ten-bedroom, 13-bathroom, 18,401-square-foot stately mansion was built in 1953 by contractor Hal Braxton Hayes. Hayes built the home to withstand a nuclear fallout with a bomb shelter accessible by diving into the pool and swimming through an underwater tunnel. Listing agent Jason Oppenheim of the Oppenheim Group believes the bunker may still exist. He shares the listing with colleagues Mary Fitzgerald, Peter Cornell and Brian Stace of Pinnacle Estate Properties.
The underground shelter is not the only form of defense against a nuclear attack. The home’s exterior is built from fireproof gunite to absorb atomic shock waves. Attractive for its entertaining amenities, the home also once featured a car-turned-bar perched at the edge of a cliff. The car is no longer on the property, however, the home still features a ballroom, wine room and luxurious pool with a swim-up bar and grotto with a slide. There’s also an expansive deck overlooking the city and a private rooftop tennis court.
The estate sits on 2.15 acres, including two additional adjacent parcels, one with an existing 3,300-square-foot English Tudor home. The land presents a multitude of opportunities for its new owner, including building several new luxury homes, a family compound or corporate retreat.
Photography via The Oppenheim Group