The Hillside mansion was built in 2018 by world-renowned South African architectural design firm SAOTA Architecture and Design. The ambitious project marked SAOTA’s first-ever ground-up construction project, and judging by the high-profile sale (and prominent feature on Netflix’s popular real estate reality show Selling Sunset), it has been a massive success.
The mansion was originally listed for sale by real estate developer Jeff Thomas for $43.9 million, and the final selling price clocked in at $35.5 million. At this price, the home is valued a whopping 2141% higher than the median home in the Hollywood Hills, already a pricey neighborhood. It’s also 840% larger than the average American single-family home and 114x more expensive.
Now on to the property. The stunning mansion boasts 300-degree skyline views, unmatched design, and luxurious amenities. The three-story households five bedrooms and nine bathrooms (seven full and 2 half). The master suite itself spans an impressive 2,800 square feet, including a gigantic walk-in closet shipped directly from Lake Como, Italy.
The master bathroom features an oval-shaped tub that is sunken into the floor and a glass shower with views of Downtown LA. The master suite also has a wraparound terrace, complete with an outdoor hot tub to take in those gorgeous panoramic views.
Inside, you’ll also find a formal 10-person dining room, chef’s kitchen, butler’s kitchen, custom wine cellar, movie theater (with a bar in the back!), game room, glass-encased elevator, top-of-the-line audio/video security systems and a spacious executive office. Custom lighting fixtures complement the luxurious glass, tile, wood and stone surfaces and floors.
Of course, no self-respecting Angeleno would build such a stunning mansion without including a wellness center. This home boasts a home gym, hot and cold plunge spas, sauna, steam room and couples massage room.
A private driveway leads not only to the sculpted metal front doors and lush vertical garden but to a jaw-dropping 10-car garage, which might better be referred to as a “showroom.”
In the living room, automated walls of glass open at the push of a button to lead directly to the pool deck, arguably the most impressive and buzzed-about feature of the Hillside Avenue mega-mansion.
The 163-foot wraparound infinity pool has a beautiful 12-foot waterfall that cascades from the pool into the atrium garden one level below. If a swimmer ever got bored with the 270-degree views of the San Gabriel Mountains, Downtown LA, Santa Monica, and Catalina Island, a 15-foot television with horizontal and vertical rotation rises up from under the pool to entertain. This screen can be angled to be seen from any and every room in the house.
The 2,000 square foot rooftop pool deck is also home to an outdoor dining room and sunken fire pit to fully capitalize on the panoramic view. And these views didn’t come cheap – when the home was first being developed, Hillside Avenue was full of ugly utility poles and above-ground power lines. Rather than deal with this eyesore, developer Jeff Thomas spent six months obtaining the proper city permits to remove the poles, bury the power lines underground, repave the street and plant palm trees in place of the utility poles. All in all, this tedious process costs $2 million, but one look at the estate and you’ll feel confident it was worth every penny.
Of course, we couldn’t end this write-up without mentioning Selling Sunset, the Netflix reality TV series that made 8048 Hillside Avenue famous nationwide. The reality show centers around six high-powered female real estate brokers at Oppenheim Group, a real estate firm catering to LA’s most affluent residents, including Orlando Bloom and Kris Humphries. Viewers watch as the broker’s wheel & deal in LA real estate.
8048 Hillside Avenue was featured on the show as the brokers competed to see who would be chosen to sell the house, resulting in a million-dollar commission for the successful agent. But you’ll have to watch the next season to find out who helped Jason Oppenheim, who also held the listing along with James Harris and David Parnes of The Agency (also featured on Bravo’s real estate reality showhttps://www.bravotv.com/million-dollar-listing-los-angeles).