The story of Chartwell begins in 1930, when accomplished civil engineer Lynn Atkinson acquired seven acres near the top of Bel Air Road, on which he envisioned building the most beautiful home in the United States. In keeping with his passion for the Louis XV period, Atkinson commissioned architect Sumner Spaulding to craft an eighteenth-century French neoclassical stately residence, which was completed in 1935. Jerry Perenchio became the third owner when he purchased the estate in 1986, along with three contiguous properties shortly thereafter that form the current 10.3 acres. He enlisted legendary French designer Henri Samuel – known for his work on homes owned by the Vanderbilt, Rothschild and Valentino families – and renowned French architect Pierre Barbe to renovate the estate as an authentic replica of an eighteenth-century French chateau, complete with the finest period antiques and objets d’art. The result was stunning and remains so to this day. The main residence is approximately 25,000 square feet in size with an elegant floor plan suited for entertaining on a grand scale. Features include a ballroom, formal salon, period-paneled dining room, world-class wine cellar, exquisitely detailed stuc-pierre limestone, and covered parking for 40 cars. The lavish grounds encompass a long, magnificent private driveway, expertly manicured gardens, koi ponds with waterfalls, a Wallace Neff guest house, tennis court, and 75-foot pool with fully-equipped pool house – all set against sweeping panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. The sale of this iconic architectural jewel and its surrounding acreage presents a rare opportunity for privacy and stately living within the dynamic environs of Los Angeles.

Architect: Sumner Spaulding
Interior Designer: Henri Samuel
Renovation Architect: Pierre Barbe
Landscape Architect: Francois Goffinet

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