The exterior of the home, formerly the most expensive listing in America, was used for the CBS sitcom, which aired from 1962 to 1971

By Madison Roberts
December 13, 2019 11:36 AM

The Bel-Air estate that once served as the establishing shot for the CBS sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies has sold for about $150 million, the highest home price in California history.

The buyer is Lachlan Murdoch, the son of Australia-born media mogul Rupert Murdoch and the current head of News Corp., the Los Angeles Times reports.

The exact price isn’t known, but according to the Times, anonymous sources familiar with the deal said the closing price was well above the $119.75-million paid earlier this year for the famous home of the late Aaron Spelling (father to Tori), known as The Manor.

The home made famous by Beverly Hillbillies, which aired from 1962 to 1971, is known as “Chartwell” and was the most expensive listing in America when it first hit the market for a jaw-dropping $350 million in 2017.

After failing to find a buyer, it was later listed with a massive price reduction — $245 million — with no fewer than eight high-power brokers: Jeff Hyland, Drew Fenton and Gary Gold of Hilton & Hyland (a Christie’s International Real Estate affiliate), Jade Mills, Joyce Rey, and Alexandra Allen of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury; and Drew Gitlin and Susan Gitlin of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.


Still, the mansion, which is situated on 10.39 pristine acres, had no takers. In June 2019, the number dropped again by $50 million, to $195 million.

The final $150 million deal Lachlan secured is about 43% of the original number, and it still broke an all-time record for most expensive sale in the state’s history.

The seller was late media mogul A. Jerrold Perenchio.

Credit: Hilton & Hyland
Credit: Hilton & Hyland

In total, the estate contains 11 bedrooms and 18 bathrooms, with five of the bedrooms belonging to a massive guest house. The property will only be shown to pre-qualified buyers.

Credit: Hilton & Hyland
Credit: Hilton & Hyland

The main residence, which was designed by Sumner Spaulding circa 1930 and renovated in the late 1980s by Henri Samuel, has an undeniable chateau feel that extends to its pristine formal gardens.

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Credit: Hilton & Hyland

In January 2017, a different house in Bel Air claimed the accolade of America’s most expensive home, when it hit the market for $250 million, but according to the property’s tax history on Zillow, the listing was removed in June 2017 and re-listed in April 2018 with a $62 million price cut. The listing was removed again in May 2018 and re-listed in July for $188 million.

A query sent to that home’s official media representative was undeliverable.