Eric Schmidt, multi-billionaire Google executive chairman and the 138th richest person in the world, has listed his guarded and gated Beverly Hills compound for a whopping $45 million after buying a gorgeous $22-million mansion on sought-after Mapleton Drive in Holmby Hills.
The stunner,dubbed “The Knoll,” the luxury Italian-style manse sits on over 5 acres of flat. Eric and Wendy Schmidt paid $39 million for two separate parcels composing the magnificent estate back in 2005 and started ample renovation work on it. Encompassing 11,000 feet, the sumptuos villa has 10 bedrooms and 17.5 baths. The main house boasts a double height foyer with domed ceiling, which leads to a spectacular living room, a domed ceiling formal dining room with marble table seating 8, a library, hair salon, wine cellar, state of the art gym, an impressive plush screening room, three offices/studies, fireplaces galore and a viewing platform. The master suite includes his and hers bathrooms and numerous closets. The house is accessed through a short driveway with large wood gates opening to a cobble stoned motor court featuring a fountain. On the grounds there are two guest houses, staff quarters, swimming pool with a pool house, tennis court, 9-car garage plus parking area for over 30 vehicles. Outdoor entertaining is surely there as the property boasts landscaped lush grounds, sprawling manicured gardens and rolling hedge-lined lawns featuring fountains and pillars.
The neighborhood is star-studded: Sylvester Stallone, Paul Rieser, Denzel Washington, Bruce Makowsky, Rod Stewart and Eddie Murphy are just some of its residents.