Surrounded by a labyrinth of eight rose gardens with fountains and sculptures, Le Belvédère is one of the most memorable estates in Bel Air. The approximately 35,000-square-foot Southern California mansion was inspired by a French chateau and is decorated throughout with ornate chandeliers, 14 elaborately carved fireplaces, and painted ceilings. The residence exudes old-world opulence.
The main level showcases a grand entrance with a curved staircase and chandelier, formal and informal living and dining rooms, a kitchen, powder rooms, and an office with built-in bookshelves and a fireplace. The lower level, designed as the ultimate entertaining zone, contains a 5,000-bottle wine cellar, a Turkish hammam, a gym, a game room, a movie theater, and a grand ballroom with room for up to 250 guests. And the upper level includes a master suite with his-and-her bathrooms and dressing rooms, an office, and an outdoor terrace.
Outside, guests can lounge by the 70-foot infinity pool, dine in the 100-person courtyard, or stroll by the swan pond at the motor court entrance. A 12-person spa, an alfresco dining area, and a kitchen with a pizza oven add allure to the pool pavilion. The home (which last sold in 2010 for $50 million, making it the most expensive sale in the United States at the time) is now on the market for $85 million. (Joyce Rey, coldwellbankerpreviews.com; Stacy Gottula, theagencyre.com.)