Media tycoon and generally wealthy person Rupert Murdoch has sold his horseshoe-shaped house in Beverly Hills to none other than his youngest son, James Murdoch. After he quietly listed the home for $35M last year, the older Murdoch attracted multiple offers and interest from the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio before ultimately pulling it off the market. According to the L.A. Times, James Murdoch ended up purchasing the home for $30M—so, yes, he may have gotten a bit of a family discount.
The house was designed by architect Wallace Neff and built in 1926 for Fred Niblo, an actor and director best known for his silent films The Three Musketeers and The Mark of Zorro. The older Murdoch acquired the home in 1986 from the late physician, philanthropist, and businessman Jules Stein. Official records put the house at 8,651-square-foot, with 11 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms.
Over on Variety, Mark David has unearthed an original floor plan of the house, which depicts features like an elliptical entrance hall, extensive service wing, breezeway, to name a few—but, of course, it's unclear if those elements still exist.
·Rupert Murdoch sells estate in Beverly Hills for $30 million [LA Times]