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Location: Beverly Hills, Calif.
The Skinny: Sited on nearly two acres of prime Beverly Hills, this 14,000-square-foot Spanish Colonial was once the pied-à-terre of renowned big spender Hassanal Bolkiah, better known as the Sultan of Brunei. The estate overlooks the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel, which must have caught the Sultan's eye back in the '80s, because in 1987 the head of state paid some $185M to acquire it and proceeded to pour another $150M into a full restoration and renovation. With an entire hotel in his stable, the Sultan parted with this estate, which was just as well, because it took him nearly 25 years to make his first visit to the hotel. Now his former pied-à-terre has been heaved on the market for a whopping $38M. Built in 1927, the classic estate includes eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a swimming pool, and magnificent grounds.
· 1146 Tower Road [Redfin]
· The Sultan of Brunei Comes to Los Angeles [The Hollywood Reporter]