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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blastpast1

The rumor is that the new buyer is Scrooge McDuck.

August 21 2014 at 8:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
crdenz

The rumor is that the new buyer is Scrooge McDuck.

August 21 2014 at 8:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alfredschrader

It has 17 bathrooms ? If you flush all of them at once, do you need ear plugs ?
If you used a different one every day, it would be two weeks until you got back to the first one. Of course you'll need 17 rolls of toilet paper. Even if you give your wife her own bathroom and each offspring a bathroom, you'd still have
12 empty bathrooms and all with rolls of toilet paper.

August 07 2014 at 5:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wg25

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???

July 27 2014 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
In My Opinion

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

July 19 2014 at 10:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
angelsfan1966

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
ColorMyWorld2011

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
spuddoo

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
jsimancas

UNA GUEVONAA ! 74 MILLONES DE DOLLARES

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 rate up rate down Reply