Bel Air's Most Over-the-Top Listing

The Editors | May 26, 2019 | Home & Real Estate


In the heart of Bel Air lies the Chartwell Estate, the most expensive home listed on the open market in the entire United States—for a cool $245 million. Particularly famous as the fictional setting of the Clampett family home on the 1960s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, the commanding French neoclassical-style home was designed in 1930 by architect Sumner Spaulding. The last owner, the late TV mogul Jerry Perenchio, tapped prominent designer Henri Samuel to masterfully renovate the interiors in the ’80s. With panoramic views, a 75-foot pool, a tennis court, a ballroom, a 40-vehicle car gallery and those exquisite gardens, this is one sweet spot. Listed by Jeff Hyland, Drew Fenton and Gary Gold, Hilton & Hyland; Jade Mills, Joyce Rey and Alexandra Allen, Coldwell Banker; Drew Gitlin and Susan Gitlin, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services


Photography by: 1731 summitridge drive photo by Anthony Barcelo/courtesy of douglas elliman; chartwell estate photo Courtesy of Jim Bartsch