A newly constructed 36,000-square-foot mansion has come on the market in Beverly Hills at $68.5 million. It was built by C. Frederick Wehba, founder of the international real estate investment firm BentleyForbes.
The French Palladian-inspired three-level house has a hand-carved limestone exterior, marble columns, a two-story circular entry with a skylight and bronze beveled double-pane windows and doors. There are nine bedrooms and 13 bathrooms. The grounds include a pool with a pavilion entertaining area, a tennis court and gardens.
The house sits on nearly 2 acres of what was once part of Beverly Hills co-founder Max Whittier's estate. In the late '70s, owner and Saudi sheik Mohammed al Fassi drew complaints from his neighbors by painting his white mansion green and its white plaster statues of nudes in multi-tone anatomical detail. That house was gutted by fire in 1980 and later razed, and eventually the lot was subdivided.
The listings agents are Joyce Rey and Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills South office and Mauricio Umansky of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills.