1970s Wallace Neff in Holmby Hills Asking Mindblowing $75MM

by Adrian Glick Kudler

Wallace Neff is the Old Hollywood starchitect most famous for Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks’s great estate Pickfair, in Beverly Hills, as well as theKing Gillette Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains and the Singer Mansion in Glendora, plus dozens of others. But he was also working at least as late as 1973, when he designed the Singleton House in Holmby Hills, now being sold off by members of the Singleton family for, brace, $75 million. Henry Singleton, who died in 1999, founded electronics firm Teledyne, and is also responsible for Richard Neutra’s Singleton House on Mulholland (which Vidal Sassoon’s wife sold to French businessman Francois Pinault earlier this year). But,according to Real Estalker, “In the late 1960s, after Mister and Missus Singleton tired of their glass walled architectural folly and they commissioned noted Los Angeles architect Wallace Neff to design a large and lavish Holmby Hills homestead.” It sits on a kind-of-unbelievable 7.65 acres and has 10 bedrooms and 12 and a half bathrooms in 15,520 square feet, according to the listing. It also comes with a “Versailles-inspired oval hallway,” and “rolling lawns, tennis court, pool, massive motor court and an attached four car garage.” Back in 2008, it failed to find a buyer at $85 million, but these are very different times.

David Kramer