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Home of former Williams-Sonoma CEO listed at $29.95 million

The estate of the late W. Howard Lester has a gold leaf ceiling in the home theater and a brick ceiling in the kitchen.

October 04, 2012|By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
  • A large motor court sits at the front on the Howard Lester estate in Holmby Hills.
A large motor court sits at the front on the Howard Lester estate in Holmby… (Don Lewis )

The W. Howard Lester estate is up for sale in the Holmby Hills area at $29.95 million.

The gated Tuscan-style home is set at the end of an olive-tree-lined driveway. Features include a walnut coffered ceiling in the library, a gold leaf barrel-vaulted ceiling in the home theater and a brick ceiling in the kitchen. The former chairman and chief executive of Williams-Sonoma Inc., who died in 2010 at 75, was known for his love of cooking.

There are seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a wine cellar, a billiards room and a gym in the 18,000 square feet of living space. A bridge from the main house leads to a guesthouse and spa. The 1.35 acres of grounds contain an oval-shaped swimming pool with a cabana, fountains, a waterfall and a pond.

The property last changed hands in 2004 for $17.5 million, public records show.

Mauricio Umansky of the Agency in Beverly Hills is the listing agent.

lauren.beale@latimes.com

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