Rare Brentwood Estate Gets $5 Million Price Reduction

But this prominent home builder's home in exclusive Mandeville Canyon still has a price befitting the massive, one-of-kind property that it is.

Photo courtesy of Christie's International Real Estate/ Hilton and Hyland As if the fact that this Brentwood estate spans a whopping 48 acres doesn't make it unusual enough for the area, add to the fact that there's a giant private lake on the property.

When one of the country’s most prolific residential real estate developers choses to call a property home, you know it must be special. Such is the case with the estate of Donald Kaufman, who partnered with Eli Broad to found Kaufman and Broad, now known as KB Home. The asking price of the massive, one-of-a-kind, 48-acre Brentwood estate has recently become a little less special, however, after experiencing a $5 million price reduction.

Oh, the price is still spectacular. The estate is currently in a private trust that recently listed it at $34.995 million, as opposed to its $40 million original listing price. Philanthropist Glorya Kaufman, widow of Donald Kaufman who died in a plane crash in 1983, is involved with the trust that is selling the estate.

A property of this size, high in the hills of Brentwood’s exclusive Mandeville Canyon, is almost unheard of, as are its special features and star-studded pedigree. It’s been reported that the original home was designed by noted local residential architect Paul Williams, at the behest opera singer John Charles Thomas.

Photo courtesy of Christie's International Real Estate/ Hilton and Hyland An over head view of the property reveals that there's a 12,000-square-foot main house, a tennis court with a pavilion, two separate guesthouses, a two-story caretaker's unit and a maintenance building – not to mention the lake.

Since then, film stars Dick Powell and June Allyson have lived there, and the main house became a bit of  star in its own right. If you’re of a certain age or addicted to 1980s television, the mansion might look a bit familiar to you. That’s because it was used as the exterior of the home on the husband-wife detective drama, Hart to Hart. That’s right — now you’re picturing Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers gliding about, aren’t you?

While not as notorious, the rest of the estate is equally luxurious. There are five structures sit on the sprawling property, which you enter through distinctive, custom gates. You then travel down a a quarter mile long, tree-lined driveway to reach the 12,000-square-foot main house that features huge rooms for gathering family and friends, as well as his-and-hers master suites and three other bedroom suites.

In addition, there's a tennis court with a pavilion, two separate guesthouses, a two-story caretaker's unit and a maintenance building. And don’t forget the dance studio and meditation area. All totaled, there are 13 bedrooms and eight baths on the property.

Buildings aside, perhaps the most spectacular aspect of the property is the landscaping. There’s a good-sized lake with waterfalls and a bridge, surrounded by mature foliage and  gardens. Unique water features can be found all over the property. It’s safe to say that there is absolutely nothing else like it in the area.

The estate is represented by Christie's International Real Estate/Hilton & Hyland. For more photos and information, see 3100MandevilleCanyon.com.

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