Famed Beverly Hills Estate of Robert Evans Sells to Discovery CEO for $16M

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Robert Evans

The 3,800-square foot Hollywood Regency home that was once owned by Greta Garbo was the epicenter of industry dealmaking for decades, not to mention the setting for some legendary parties.

The storied Beverly Hills estate of the late Robert Evans has found a buyer: David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Inc., has purchased the home for $16 million, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. 

Evans, who died Oct. 26 at the age of 89, long resided at Woodland — his two-bedroom, three-bathroom, 3,800 square foot Hollywood Regency home — which was the epicenter of industry dealmaking for decades and the setting for some legendary parties during the producer and executive’s extremely colorful life. 

Originally designed in 1942 by architect John Woolf, the single-floor residence was modest by today’s standards but oozed charm and style — so much so that it was regularly featured in architectural and design publications. Woodland was previously owned by Greta Garbo. 

Evans, who was married seven times, at one point was forced to sell Woodland at a career nadir, but with the help of friends, including Jack Nicholson, he was able to buy it back several years later. The grounds offer an elliptical swimming pool, a fountain, an immaculately manicured rose garden and a small guest house.

At the age of 36, Evans became the youngest-ever production chief of Paramount Pictures. During his tenure, he was responsible for greenlighting a string of classics including Rosemary’s BabyHarold and MaudeThe Godfather, Serpico, The Conversation and Chinatown, among others.

Westside Estate Agency’s Kurt Rapport repped both the buyer and the seller. News of the sale was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.