Los Angeles' Carolwood Estate—a 35,000-square-foot mansion on the 3.7-acre site of Walt Disney's last home—officially hit the market for $90M in October with nary an interior pic in sight, but today Forbes drops a photo tour, revealing just enough of the space to get a taste of the rather tasteful, it seems, aesthetic. Quick history refresher: the behemoth was built in 2001 by billionaire Houston Dynamo owner Gabriel Brener—who bought the animator's old barn from the estate of his widow in 1998, promptly tore it down, and annexed the neighboring property—and sits on four acres in L.A.'s Holmby Hills. Or, as one Curbed LA commenter summarizes, "The modest family home [Disney] built was knocked down to build this ostentatious...thing...that, if anything, is the antithesis of Walt Disney's personal taste and idea of a 'home.'"
Some stats: eight bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, a two-story foyer, a home theater, three bars, a wine cellar, two safe rooms, a pool and poolhouse, a tennis court, a putting green, plus, in brokerbabble parlance, "the use of pure mahogany," quarters "designated for help and special event staff," a two-story oval foyer "with plaster-veneered walls, crown molding, and statuary and verde jade marble flooring," and a 15-foot-high living room ceiling. Despite these extravagant overhauls, Forbes notes that the Carolwood Estate still retains the 90-foot underground tunnel that once hosted the one-eighth-scale steam railroad Disney built in 1950, shortly after he and his wife purchased the parcel. (The Carolwood Pacific Railroad, as it was known, "would serve as part of the inspiration to create Disneyland.") Sadly, though, the original Mickey Mouse gate has been replaced by a nondescript one. A look inside:
Photos via Forbes
· All Carolwood Estate coverage [Curbed National]
· Over-the-Top Mansion on Disney's Last Property Asks $90M [Curbed National]
· Exclusive: The $90M Carolwood Estate Once Owned by Walt Disney [Forbes via Curbed LA]