Extraordinary Marmont Manor Up for $24.5 Million

This most whimsical of Tudor-style estates is located in the Hollywood Hills, just above the Sunset Strip and within steps of the famed Chateau Marmont.

Photo Courtesy of The Agency Swans and the lake they swim in are included in the $24.5 million asking price for the famed "Marmont Manor." More exotic birds can be found in the pagoda-style aviary, on the far side of the lake.

Mansions in L.A.’s famed Hollywood Hills always sell for a premium, but believe it or not, $24.5 million actually seems like a killer deal for the massive Marmont Manor.

“This is a unique opportunity to own a sublimely grand residence featuring all of the charm and romance of an English countryside estate,” said Paul Lester, who is on the team of the estate’s listing agents at The Agency. “It’s located just seconds away from every imaginable convenience, including the city’s finest shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

Not only does this Tudor Revival estate have myriad uber-cool and unique features, but it also sits on three flat acres, right above Sunset Boulevard, just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Chateau Marmont, where A-list celebs lounge and swill on a regular basis.

It would be no surprise if you caught the glitterati wandering onto this property, perhaps after catching a whiff of the delicious food being cooked up at the Teppanyaki station, or rolled up at the sushi bar. For additional food prep, the house has a restaurant-style kitchen.

These unique features are not surprising when you consider the fact the estate was owned by William Tilley, CEO of the Jacmar food distribution company, and an investor in the Shakey’s Pizza and BJ’s restaurant chains. Tilley passed away earlier this year, and his widow decided that it’s time to sell.

But food wasn’t Tilley’s only interest as reflected on the property, which includes seven buildings with 14 bedrooms and 17 baths. He was also a Ferrari enthusiast and built a luxurious man cave/garage to house them. And birds – he loved birds. There’s an elaborate, two-story, pagoda-style aviary on the property, where doves, Asian pheasants and other birds flourish.

Swans glide gracefully on the property’s fully stocked lake. Other water features include fountains, streams, waterfalls and a pool. But before the lucky owners take a dip, they might want to play a few sets on the tennis court.

The Tudor-style architecture of the main house extends to the caretaker’s cottage, carriage house and the property’s own fire station, recognized by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

It seems there’s absolutely no doubting Lester when he says, “This is an unparalleled, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

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