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$150m gone with the wind, too

The Life: Spelling Manor may be the most expensive property in the United States.

Spelling Manor was on the market for years at $150 million. Reuters
Spelling Manor was on the market for years at $150 million. Reuters

Spelling Manor is the perfect home for people who might feel cramped and claustrophobic in anything smaller than Versailles.

The mansion in Holmby Hills, California, which was reportedly sold last week to Petra Eccelstone, the daughter of Formula One leader Bernie Ecclestone, covers 5,250 square metres and includes 123 rooms, with everything from a bowling alley to a professional refrigeration unit for flowers.

No sale price was listed, but the French chateau-style estate has been on the market for years at US$150 million (Dh550.9m). If it received anything close to the listing price, it would be the most expensive single family residence in the US.

Earlier this year Yuri Milner, the Russian tech investor, set the new standard when he reportedly paid $100m for a cosy 2,360-sq-metre home in Los Altos, California.

Spelling Manor was created by the late TV producer Aaron Spelling - the creator of Beverly Hills 90210,Charlie's Angels,Starksky and Hutch and Dynasty - and his wife, Candy. The Spellings bought the 2-hectare estate, which is a stone's throw from Beverly Hills, Bel Air and all of Los Angeles' most treasured neighbourhoods, in 1991 and then promptly demolished the former home of crooner Bing Crosby to build their own dream home.

They spared no expense in adding their personal touches to the three-storey mansion, including a dog-grooming room, five bars, a barber shop and salon and a "gift-wrapping room". The entrance features two sweeping staircases, inspired by Gone With the Wind,The Wall Street Journal has reported.

The manor was also the family home for the Spellings' daughter, Tori, one of the stars of Beverly Hills 90210 and later her own reality television show. But the estate has also played host to the rich and famous from around the world, including Prince Charles, who has a room named after him.

Ms Spelling, who is famously estranged from her daughter, reportedly moved to downsize last year, buying a two-storey condominium in Beverly Hills for $47m.

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