Elizabeth Taylor's Bel Air Estate Sells
An undisclosed buyer has purchased the late actress' 7,000-square-foot four-bedroom house, which was listed for $8.6 million.
Elizabeth Taylor’s estate in Bel Air, Calif., which was listed May 20 for $8.6 million, has just sold to an undisclosed buyer.
The property sold in 33 days, according to an e-mail announcement from listing agent David Mossler of Teles Properties. The purchase counts as a quick sale in L.A.’s residential real estate market, which is still in the doldrums.
The purchase price was not immediately known.
The actress bought the home -- a four-bedroom house set on a wooded property -- in the early 1980s.
The gated 1.27-acre estate includes a bricked motor court and swimming pool. The house is 7,000 square feet and featured a galley-like country kitchen, powder room and maid’s quarters on the lower floor, with a master suite with adjacent dressing room on the second floor.
The garden features the climbing rose “Cecile Brunner,” which climbs over an arbor, while the hybrid tea rose Elizabeth Taylor, introduced in 1985, grows nearby.
The magazine described the house as being designed for family and enjoyment.
“Of course when she had to appear at an important event, she would put on the most beautiful dress and the most amazing jewelry and become Elizabeth Taylor, the star,” fashion designer Valentino told Architectural Digest. “But at home she liked a cozy life, friends, good food.
Almost every room in the house — which was redecorated in 2010 by Waldo Fernandez, who has also done interiors for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie — was done in blues and lavenders, which evoked the color of Taylor’s legendary violet eyes.
The furnishings include a Franz Hals portrait, Impressionist paintings, Taylor’s three Oscars and Irene Sharaff sketches of the costumes for the actress’ 1968 film Doctor Faustus with Richard Burton.
Elizabeth's son Christopher Wilding recently said of the property: "(The house was) where we all gathered, especially at Thanksgiving and Easter. ... She never entertained the notion of moving."
Mossler could not immediately be reached for comment.