Some people dream of owning a luxurious home in a part of the world so glamorous that everyone knows its name. Others are fortunate enough to spend their lives that way.
This colonial mansion in prestigious Bel-Air belonged to accounting magnate Kenneth Leventhal and his wife Elaine, who called it home for 60 years.
They have passed away, and the home is on the market for the first time in all those decades for $13.95 million.
"It's very elegant, very traditional and very Old World," said listing agent Sally Forster Jones of the John Aaroe Group.
Set on almost an acre of manicured grounds with stone pathways, rose gardens and fountains, the 10,000-square-foot home "has this whole feeling of substance," she said.
The 9-bedroom, 10-bath estate is filled with light and luxurious touches, from an ornate coffered ceiling in the dining room to modern-looking walls of windows in a corner sunroom.
Almost all of the bedrooms are suites, and one area is essentially a guest wing.
But perhaps the greatest luxury is an elevator that carries passengers to a level beneath the basement, where a tunnel leads across the grounds to a pool.
"This is a first for me, and I've seen a lot of houses," Jones said.
Alongside the pool is a large guesthouse with its own living room, fireplace, kitchen and bar, plus changing rooms and bathrooms.
It's easy to picture glamorous poolside parties that end with sipping whiskey and telling stories by the indoor fireplace.
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