Walt Disney's Former Holmby Hills Estate Sold
Walt Disney's former estate on Carolwood Drive has been sold, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The estate sold to an unidentified international buyer at a price of $74 million, according to The Wall Street Journal. The property was listed for $90 million with The Agency's Jay Harris, and Mauricio Umansky and Ron de Salvo of Coldwell Banker.
The seller is Houston Dynamo Soccer club co-owner Gabriel Brener, who according to The Journal, acquired the original property for close to $8.5 million in the 1990s from the Lillian B. Disney trust.
He purchased additional land and built a three-level, 35,000 square-foot mansion. Completed in 2001, the 8-bedroom, 17-bathroom home sits on close to four acres and features a pool, wine cellar, tennis court, library, gym, putting green and movie room.
Mr. Disney purchased the Carolwood Estate in 1949 and lived there until his death in 1966. It was here that the foundations of the Walt Disney theme parks supposedly took shape, inspired by the one-eighth scale railroad train, dubbed the Carolwood Pacific Railroad, that Disney built around the house.