Walt Disney's Former Home Reportedly Sells for $74 Million

walt disney carolwood estate exterior with pool
Courtesy of The Agency via ZillowAlong with a spectacular swimming pool, the home has a tennis court, putting green, custom movie room, and gym.
By Catherine Sherman

The Carolwood estate in Los Angeles' coveted Holmby Hills neighborhood has sold for $74 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. The home once owned by Walt Disney never hit the MLS. As an exclusive, off-market listing held by The Agency, the property was first advertised for $90 million in October 2012.

It marks the fourth most expensive home sale in the U.S. so far this year. The leader of the pack is a home in the Hamptons reportedly bought by hedge fund manager Barry Rosenstein for $147 million in May. The Copper Beech estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, was a close second for $120 million and L.A.'s Fleur de Lys estate also made headlines for a $102 million sale before being rented out for $400,000 a month.

Carolwood is one of those properties that you quickly hear about in the luxury real estate market. Measuring 35,000 square feet, the home has eight bedrooms and -- this is not a typo -- 17 bathrooms. If the two-story oval foyer is any indication of the home's extravagance, it boasts plaster-veneered walls, crown molding and statuary and verde jade marble flooring, according to The Agency's listing description.

As pictured above, the home also features a spectacular swimming pool as well as a tennis court, putting green, custom movie room, gym and two safe rooms on a sprawling 4 acres.

Even for celebrity-central Beverly Hills, where the median home value is currently $2.564 million, the home was pricey -- even at $16 million less than asking price.

The name of the buyer hasn't been disclosed, though people familiar with the deal say it's someone outside the U.S., according to the Journal. The seller was investor Gabriel Brener, who co-owns the Houston Dynamo soccer club.

When Walt Disney lived here, he reportedly had a miniature steam train in a barn on the estate that led to his plans for Disneyland. After Disney and his wife, Lilly, died, the Walt Disney Foundation took possession of the property before selling it to Brener.

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NOT Disney's former home, stupid AOL. Just an eyesore built on the property years after his death. Can you try any harder to look so stupid and ignorant in your reporting???

Sunday at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Misleading article, just the blank property was Walt Disney's.

July 19 2014 at 10:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

great looking home... too bad Walt never lived in this mansion. the carolwood address is correct but his home was modest and leveled when the carolwood property was sold some years ago. so this picture is labeled incorrectly as Walt Disney's home. the property lot yes but the mansion is a recent addition along with the pool. so don't be deceived. This Is Not Walt's home.

July 13 2014 at 12:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Looks ok. But I don't do windows...so not my style.

July 10 2014 at 6:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the old saying is easy come easy go i would not spend that much even if i was a trillionair

July 10 2014 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


July 10 2014 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob and Barb K

It seems obscene that people would pay millions of dollars for a celebrity's house; yet down the street or across town people are homeless and hurting. God forgive all of us for such selfishness in thinking so much of ourselves and overlooking those in need. I';m not saying one should give away all their money to the poor. Whaat I am saying is we really don't need to spend 74 million dollars to live in Walt Disney's former mansion. It is hard to picture people having so much money and how they spend it on themselves while ignoring the needs that are right in front of them.

July 04 2014 at 7:53 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Idiot, it is the back yard.

June 28 2014 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

These are one of the few times I resent big money. No, I'm not speaking of the home or the previous owner, Walt Disney. I'm speaking of a realtor/investor raking in probably a cool $5 to $10 million in commission being more with that one sale than 90% of hard working Americans will ever accumulate in a lifetime! Yeah, I'm in the land development business myself but it irks the hell out of me to realize after all the risks I've taken & the experience I have, that one sale is worth more than a dedicated life of ball-busting time & labor. This home didn't even come on the open market, he/she just simply fell into the listing & demand a premium for basically no representation but eye gouging financial results. This is why the lower class resent the uber rich & from my perspective, I can understand it.

June 28 2014 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This house is drop dead beautiful. I would be proud to own it and would probably never leave the grounds.
It's just amazing what money can buy. It's also amazing how much money it takes to own something like this.
The fact that a foreigner purchased it is typical in Beverly Hills.

June 19 2014 at 10:43 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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foreigners, especially from Russia or China, can afford to pay this kind of prices, why? in their country they don't pay much taxes at all, in Russia most of the rich people hide their assets, bribe officials so they can keep more money...in Russia someone making 10 million dollars a year pay $200,000 in taxes per year, some don't pay anything...now here in America, anyone making 10 million a year, pay $4 million plus in taxes!!!

June 20 2014 at 9:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply