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Motor Trend publisher's estate comes with chauffeur's quarters

The Beverly Hills estate of Robert Petersen and his wife is listed at just under $16 million.

November 14, 2012|By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
  • A foyer with a spiral staircase is the focal point of the longtime home of Robert and Margie Petersen.
A foyer with a spiral staircase is the focal point of the longtime home of… (Adrian Anz )

The longtime estate of publishing magnate Robert Petersen and his wife, Margie, has come on the market in Beverly Hills at $15.995 million.

The traditional-style Paul Williams-designed house, built in 1933 and redone in 1988, sits behind gates on 1.23 acres. Features include a foyer with a spiral staircase and a two-story window, a den/office, a wine room, a glass-enclosed porch, a gym, an office, seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 7,735 square feet of living space. The grounds include an enclosed cabana/outdoor dining room, a swimming pool with a spa and a pool house. There are chauffeur's quarters off the garage.

Petersen, who died in 2007 at 80, was a former Hollywood publicist who made his fortune publishing Hot Rod and Motor Trend, among other magazines. He helped establish L.A.'s Petersen Automotive Museum in 1994 with his wife, who died last year at 76.

The home was built for filmmaker Nunnally Johnson, who wrote the screenplay for the epic 1940 film "The Grapes of Wrath."

Jade Mills and Christopher Livingston of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills South office are the listing agents.

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