New Rodeo Realty Listing: Fit for a King
1146 Tower Road
Joe Babajian and Judy Cycon newest listing, former California Mansion belonging to Sultan of Brunei is listed for $38 million.
This landmark Spanish Colonial Revival estate was originally built in 1927 by architect Harry E. Werner. It was built for George and Freda Kolb and later owned by the actor James Coburn and also by a relative of the Sultan of Brunei. The property has undergone a painstaking restoration and remodel by the legendary architects/designers Tim Morrison and Tom Proctor. The property is located north of Sunset Blvd. and the famed Beverly Hills Hotel and is sited on close to 1 3/4 acres on an extraordinary promontory with wonderful views of the City. The rare combination of this prime location, the architectural integrity, the immense flat pad and the remarkable views make this one of the most distinctive properties in Beverly Hills.
Majestic gates open into a driveway that leads to a large courtyard with fountain. Enter the exquisite wrought iron gated front doors into a dramatic octagonal entry hall. A secondary hall features original wrought iron railing, hand hewn beamed ceiling and leaded glass windows. This leads into the stunning living room with original hand hewn soaring beamed ceiling and original Malibu tiles, oak floors and fireplace. A sitting room off of the living room opens onto a covered lanai with fireplace and heated floors. A newly added family room features a 16th Century fireplace from France and is adjacent to the magnificent kitchen with wood floors, marble countertops and top-of-the-line appliances and butlers pantry. The original dining room was also enlarged and can now accommodate very large parties in front of a magnificent fireplace. An adjacent junior dining room and outdoor terrace with views extend the entertaining options. The public rooms are completed by a library/screening room which features a fireplace, beamed ceiling and wonderful wet bar.
The second floor accessed by the main or rear staircase or via elevator features a bedroom with a large terrace with fountain and a spacious secondary bedroom. The master wing has been newly added and features a bedroom with fireplace, sitting area and beautiful city lights and verdant tree top views. Her dressing room features showroom quality display cabinetry, an office, a large walk in closet and a bath with spa tub finished in Celadon sea foam marble. His dressing room is finished in dark wood paneling and also features an office space. A patio with an original Malibu tile fountain connects the two baths.
One guest room and bathroom with original Malibu tile is featured on the main level and can be accessed by a separate entrance. Another guest suite and bathroom with terrace is featured below this room and accessed by an outdoor stairway. A separate guest house has been created from the original 4-car garage and includes a living room with fireplace, kitchen and two bedrooms and bathrooms. Additional accommodations include staff quarters in the main house. The cumulative square footage of all living space is approximately 14,000 per the architect.
The landscaping is exquisite and features a rose garden complete with fountains, citrus trees, vegetables and infused by the fragrance of lavender and rosemary. Meandering walkways that surround the property create a pathway to nature. The rear grounds feature a sprawling grassy yard, a large swimmers pool, spa and covered cabana. There is ample flat land for a tennis court to be added. Spectacular views of the City beyond can be enjoyed from this remarkable estate.