Current photos of financier Gary Winnick's Bel-Air palace, Casa Encantada—which he is rumored to be shopping around for a titanic $225M—have yet to surface, but someone in the Real Estalker's Roladex of snitches has pointed the way to archival black-and-white stills of the estate from 1939, shortly after it was finished. The photos, taken by noted architectural lensman Maynard L. Parker, come by way of the Huntington Library on the University of California's Calisphere site, and offer a glimpse into the home's interior. While things have undoubtedly morphed on Casa Encantada's trek into the 21st century, the shots—Curbed LA has many more—still offer up a glimpse into the history, structural bones, and overall ornate feel. And so the big question remains: is this home—which, remember, sold for just $225K in 1950—worth anything close to $225M, a price that would set the record as most expensive private residence in U.S. history?
· 22 Photos of the $225 Million Casa Encantada Taken in 1939 [Curbed LA]
· Bel Air's Casa Encantada Might be Quietly Asking $225M [Curbed National]