Forder’s Friday Mansion: $53M California Estate with Five Subterranean Floors

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kenny forderKenny Forder, founder of  'Homes of the Rich,'  gives us exclusive details about the latest and greatest in CA real estate. 

Every so often, a property of remarkable size comes on the market. This one is no exception. If you look at the aerial pic of this estate, you would never believe it was anything over 15,000 square feet. However, this estate holds a secret. Homes in the area are only allowed to have a single floor above ground. So the owner, who is John Z. Blazevich (chief executive of shrimp importer Viva Food Group), got smart and added 5 subterranean stories so that he would have enough space for every amenity imaginable. Most large homes have 3 or 4 stories, but this one has SIX…how's that for excessive!?

The property is located at 1 Buggy Whip Drive in a guard-gated community in Rolling Hills, CA and is situated on a little over 7 landscaped acres. Dubbed Hacienda de la Paz, it was built in 2001 and features approximately 50,000 square feet of living space. It also features a tree-lined driveway that leads to an impressive limestone motor court.

There is a main house, guesthouse and an apartment/garage wing. Inside, there are 9 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms, formal living and dining rooms, library, gourmet kitchen, ballroom that can hold 350 people, orchestra and full catering facilities, awesome indoor tennis court to US Open specifications, underground Moroccan-style baths, billiards room with wet bar, elaborate indoor swimming pool and more.

Outdoor features include a swimming pool, rose garden, orchards, marble fountains, bocce court, outdoor clay tennis court to French Open specifications and more. It is listed at a whopping $53,000,000, making it one of the most expensive properties currently for sale in the country.

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