May 2011
Bel-Air, California

Elizabeth Taylor’s Bel-Air Estate Comes on the Market

The longtime Bel-Air residence of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor is available for the first time in 30 years.

Owned by the actress since 1981, the immaculate ranch house was a much-loved refuge. “It was the focal point for the family and where we all gathered, especially at Thanksgiving and Easter,” says her son Christopher Wilding. “She never entertained the notion of moving.”

The approx. 7,000-square-foot house hidden by mature foliage sits on 1.27 acres at the top of a long driveway. The spacious living room opens to a den and dining room, all with access to the outdoor terrace and mosaic tile pool. The master bedroom, with high ceilings and walls upholstered in her signature violet, encompasses a large part of the second floor and has treetop views over the city.

The actress, philanthropist and businesswoman, who passed away March 23, added her own sure touches to the 1960s home, which was once owned by Nancy Sinatra Sr. Her superb collection of Impressionist art included works by van Gogh, Degas, Renoir and Pissarro that served as the backdrop to rooms filled with orchids, family photographs, awards and personal memorabilia.

The grounds include an English garden and lawn, a koi pond with waterfall, a hothouse, and a lush “jungle” planted with towering bamboo and palm trees. “She loved the eagle’s nest quality of her bedroom surrounded by nature and the contrast of the wildness with the English flowers,” adds Christopher Wilding. “And she was very hands-on with the gardening—she wanted color in the garden year-round.”

$8.6 million. Shown to pre-qualified buyers only.

David Mossler
Teles Properties, Beverly Hills

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