Rock royalty Sir Rod Stewart has put his decadent LA manor on the market for a head-turning $70 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. Designed by AD100 architect Richard Landry, the estate was commissioned by Stewart in 1991. The Grammy winner paid a little over $12 million for the bare three acres of land the palatial abode stands on now, and while it’s not known how much it cost him to build out the property, judging from the opulence of the interior spaces, it’s safe to say he spent a whole lot.
Landry is known for his work with A-list clientele—the architect is the mind behind Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady’s French château-style home, which is now owned by Dr. Dre. One of his specialties is classical European homes, so it’s no surprise that the facade of Stewart’s main house is fashioned after a European château, with the interiors designed to match. Given 28,500 square feet of living space to play with, the designer threw restraint to the wind. Between the main house and the three-story, 4,500-square-foot guest house, there are thirteen bedrooms and nineteen bathrooms. Inside the foyer of the main house is an elaborate show of classical European style, with a staircase flanking either side of the space, marble floors, pilasters, busts, statuettes, and several oil paintings covering the double-height walls.
There’s ample space for entertaining, as the sprawling estate comes complete with a speakeasy bar covered in green wood paneling, a great room with yet another bar, a platform with a piano, and enough molding and columns to rival an ancient Roman court. It also hosts a formal dining room, a screening room, a wine room, and an expansive wood-paneled library with more columns and a mass of custom classical furnishings and window treatments. The primary suite boasts a seating area the size of an average living room and is lined with French windows draped in traditional curtains. Complementary French doors open up to a terrace overlooking the grounds.
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Entertainment spaces outside include a loggia set for dining and lounging, an enormous pool surrounded by stoned patios, lush manicured lawns and mature trees, and a soccer field. Listing holder Michelle Oliver of Douglas Elliman Real Estate described the property as “truly bespoke” to the WSJ. She anticipates finding buyers in search of a “a return to maximalism.”