Celebrity Homes

Powerball winner splashes his cash on Hollywood home

The winner of a US$2 billion lottery prize hasn’t wasted any time spending the money, splashing $25.5 million on a hillside mansion in the star-studded Hollywood Hills.

Edwin Castro, from Pasadena, will now call Hollywood A-listers like Ariana Grande and Jimmy Kimmel neighbours, after buying the winning Powerball ticket at a Mobil service station in the LA suburb of Altadena last year.

He only claimed his prize – a US$997.6 million lump sum, after taxes – last month according to The Dirt.

Mr Castro’s new home is a three-storey, contemporary property built into the side of a sheer cliff, with over 1200sq m living space. 

Picture: The Dirt

Built by developer Roman James, the home boasts five bedrooms, five bathrooms and two powder rooms, as well as a range of decadent touches, such as an infinity pool, gym, sauna, cold plunge pool, movie theatre and a wine cellar. 

The main level contains a vast central living area anchored on opposite ends by a giant fireplace and kitchen sporting black granite countertops. 

The mansion also has a penthouse level with a private balcony and a bathroom clad in exotic slabs of black-and-white marble, as well as a rooftop deck.

Picture: The Dirt

Despite its impressive size, the house only cost Mr Castro US$25.5 million, a discount off the property’s original asking price of nearly US$30 million. 

The home is perched on the edge of a ridge, and built into the side of a nearly sheer cliff, offering incredible views of the entire Los Angeles skyline, from downtown skyscrapers to Century City, the Pacific Ocean, and Catalina Island.

Picture: The Dirt

Castro’s new neighbours include some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, such as Ariana Grande, Dakota Johnson, and Jimmy Kimmel. 

However, little is known about Mr Castro himself, apart from his status as a longtime local to Pasadena and its surrounding neighbourhoods, and his reported age in his early 30s.

Picture: The Dirt

The house’s exterior walls are painted in masculine shades of gunmetal grey, charcoal but inside the property is softer, with beige-toned stone and a range of luxurious touches. 

The property also features plenty of parking, with two separate garages that can house up to seven cars, plus a flat motor court for several more.

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