Celebrity Homes

The Aviator mansion hits the market for $23 million

Originally built in 1926 by renowned architect Roland E. Coate, the Spanish Colonial estate was previously owned by socialite Eva K. Fudger before being rented by Howard Hughes in 1929.

Hughes later purchased the property for a substantial sum of US$135,000, according to the Robb Report.

In 2011, after Hughes’ passing, the mansion was acquired by film producer Ash Shah from Hollywood motion picture agent Robert Bookman for US$6.3 million.

Since then, Shah has invested in an ambitious 18-month renovation, preserving the historic charm while modernising the mansion for contemporary luxury living.

Nestled on a sprawling estate of just under one acre, the stately home sits adjacent to the eighth hole of the Wilshire Country Club golf course, offering breathtaking views.

The mansion boasts a total of eight bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, and an impressive 946sq m of living space. Additionally, a guest apartment situated above the three-car garage, a motor court, a swimming pool, and an outdoor kitchen complement the palatial property.

Inside, the mansion showcases a wealth of original details, including intricate tile work, hardwood flooring, and even a converted basement vault now serving as a stylish 2500-bottle wine cellar.

The modernisation efforts by the Shahs have infused the space with vibrant colours and eclectic finishings.

The kitchen, for instance, exudes opulence with its gold ceramic tiles and brass countertops, while Hughes’ former wood-panelled library has been transformed into a media room with a sleek black lacquer paint finish.

Real estate experts at Compass, including F. Ron Smith and David Berg of the Smith & Berg Partners team, describe owning a Roland E. Coate architectural gem as a rare privilege.

Coupled with its unique history as Howard Hughes’ residence for over a decade, the mansion presents a seamless blend of historical significance and contemporary luxury, offering its future owner an unparalleled lifestyle immersed in timeless grandeur, utmost privacy, and the finest amenities that Los Angeles has to offer.

For those seeking a piece of Hollywood history and an exceptional living experience, this Hancock Park mansion presents an unmissable opportunity. F. Ron Smith and David Berg of the Smith & Berg Partners team at Compass hold the exclusive listing for this iconic property.

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