$160 million mansion would be the costliest ever auctioned
Exterior view of Villa Firenze in Beverly Hills, California
A $160 million mansion in Beverly Hills, California, is going on block, making it the most expensive listing ever to auction.
The nine-acre estate, called Villa Firenze, will be sold to the highest bidder, with no reserve, by Concierge Auctions next month. Its billionaire owner, Steven Udvar-Hazy, first listed the property in 2018 for a reported $165 million.
“We look forward to finding an owner as unique as this piece of real estate on auction day,” Udvar-Hazy said in a statement.
The estate is the largest in North Beverly Park, an exclusive gated community that’s been home to Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy, Sylvester Stallone, Rod Stewart and Kimora Lee Simmons. The property has more than 20,000 square feet of living space, with three guest residences, 13 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms and eight half-baths.
The pool is one of the highlights of the grounds of Villa Firenze.
The home, built over five years by architect William Hablinski, has marble and stone flooring, arched doorways and multiple fireplaces.
The grounds include a swimming pool, pool house, tennis court and walking trails.
Udvar-Hazy, who immigrated to New York from Hungary when he was young, is considered one of the founders of the aircraft leasing industry. He started International Lease Finance, which was sold to insurer American International Group in 1990 for $1.3 billion. He is executive chairman of Air Lease. Forbes estimates his net worth at $4 billion.
An aerial view of the grounds of Villa Firenze in Beverly Hills, California.
The most expensive home previously sold at auction was an oceanfront mansion in Hillsboro Beach, Florida. The 30,000-square-foot property, known as Playa Vista Isle, had been listed for $159 million in 2015. It sold at auction in 2018 with Concierge Auctions for $42.5 million.
A grand entrance to 28,000-square-foot main house
Interior view of Villa Firenze in Beverly Hills, California
Marble arches and vaulted ceilings lend European charm
With vaulted ceilings and marble arches, Villa Firenze is reminiscent of an Italian villa.
Interior view of Villa Firenze
Spacious living areas
A spacious living area inside Villa Firenze
A dramatic driveway leads to a fountain and courtyard that can hold 30 cars
The dramatic driveway and courtyard of Villa Firenze can hold 30 cars.