LocationPacific Palisades, California
Specifications20,000 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 18 baths
Lot Size0.99 hectare
HBO's hit "Succession" has used an incredible backdrop throughout its three seasons to date, with the show's central family, the wealthy Roys of media conglomerate Waystar Royco, inhabiting some of the best and most expensive properties around the world and visiting places as far away as New York, Croatia, Scotland, Iceland and Tuscany. And now, in its fourth and final season, which hit the network and sister channel HBO Max last week, California is finally in action!
At the start of the premiere episode titled "The Munsters," Roman Roy (Kieran Culkin) and his brother Kendall (Jeremy Strong) and sister Shiv (Sarah Snook) are shown living in a grandiose modern mansion where they plan to create a "new and revolutionary media brand that will redefine news for the 21st century," also known as "an essential, personalized information hub" they call "The Hundred."
While there's no shortage of wacky homes in the Sunshine State, only one was appropriately over-the-top to accommodate the fictional billionaire brothers during their stay in the West, especially since "The One" was in Bel Air.ya usadoas petite billionaire Molly Novak (Maya Rudolph) on the Apple TV+ comedy series Loot. Instead, the "Succession" production team looked to the San Onofre Estate, a sprawling Pacific Palisades development that recently changed hands for a whopping IRL 83 million.
Although its location and relationship to the Roy family are not discussed in the episode, the mammoth platform is actually at the end of a cul-de-sac on a nearly 1-acre bluff overlooking the ocean, right next to Rita Wilson and the former home of Tom Hanks in the exclusive Riviera neighborhood of the Palisades.
ProEigener of DIRT James McClain, who has reported on the property multiple times, the colossal residence was "built over several years on the speculation of high-risk developer Ardie Tavangarian." Hecalled "star architect"and founder of architecture and design firm Arya Group purchased thePad designed by Cliff Maywhich was initially on the site in 2013 for $7.25 million and leveled it soon after. He then spent almost a decade establishing the San Onofre Hacienda. After its completion amid the pandemic in 2020, Tavangarian first chose to list the place on the rental market for a whopping $350,000 a month before finally putting it up for sale. With six bedrooms and a whopping 18 bathrooms in a whopping 20,000 square feet, the condo was finally outsourced in July 2021 to Austin Russell, founder of autonomous automation company Luminar, who was just 26 years old at the time.
Anddetailed DIRTLater that year, “Lunar is developing laser-based radar sensor technology for automobiles, particularly for upcoming models with yet-to-be-launched autonomous driving capabilities. Luminar went public last December, making Russell a billionaire overnight. Forbes later crowned him the world's youngest "self-made" billionaire; As of today, the publication estimates his net worth at more than $1.7 billion." Although current valuation measures of him are ajust under $1.6 billion, that is still much more than enough to pay off $83 million!
Power couple Branden and Rayni Williams fromDie Beverly Hills Estatesrepresented the young entrepreneur in the purchase, which is based onFourth highest residential real estate transaction in Californiathis year. The Williamses also had Tavangarian in common in the transaction.Judy Feder,who was then with Hilton & Hyland but is now with The Beverly Hills Estates.
Constructed of concrete slab dusted with neutral tones, the unique residence is topped by an undulating façade with a„Statement-Wand“(It itself is said to have cost a whopping $2 million!) which lyrically curves up 40 feet from a ground-floor infinity pool to form a screen protecting the rooftop terrace three stories above.
Fit for a billionaire both in real life and on screen, the stunning property is replete with all the luxurious amenities befitting its monolithic size and then some, starting with a travertine footbridge that leads to a massive bronze front door. , which opens to a grand foyer with 22-foot ceilings and a floating wood and glass staircase.
The cavernous common spaces are bright and open thanks to high ceilings and self-retracting glass walls, and each room is more exquisitely appointed than the last. The double-height living room is extraordinarily luxurious with its plank fireplace and wide plank flooring, while the completely state-of-the-art chef's kitchen with onyx accents was designed by none other than Nobu Matsuhisa, the Japanese-born celebrity chef who it is incredibly popular. and he founded the acclaimed Nobu restaurant chain.
For lovers of tobacco and cocktails, there is a room dedicated to cigars and wines with its own ventilation system, a bronze and marble bar, and a wine cellar with space for 1,200 bottles of your best wine. An entire level is also dedicated to wellness and entertainment, with an indoor/outdoor gym with walnut machines, a stone and onyx clad spa with massage room and hot and cold bath, and a car arcade/disco with an entrance swivel that doubles as a revolving dance floor.
Upstairs you'll find a "slumber lounge" aka a family gathering place, consisting of a TV, sofas, and an adjacent zen garden with a cedar spa, as well as multiple guest bedrooms and the luxurious owners suite. Accessible via a retina/fingerprint scanner (of course!), the latter is warm, cozy and intimate despite its massive size, offering such chic amenities as a boutique closet, glamorous bedroom, access to the roof terrace and its old greenhouse. . and a retractable blanket for an authentic sleeping experience under the stars, which can also be used to project movies.
Other luxury home viewing options offered at the property include a design-inspired 18-seat Art Deco-style theaterRadio City Music Hallwith a 20-foot screen and imported Tuscan leather chairs, as well as an open-air cinema for those who prefer to watch movies outdoors. Two safe rooms are also located on the premises, and unparalleled views of the Santa Monica Mountains and Pacific Ocean can be enjoyed throughout.
The resort-like outdoor features include the aforementioned infinity pool, plus a hot tub, cabanas, outdoor dining area, and as you describeThe Wall Street Journal, a “sauna pod” designed to frame the mountain views”.
Palatial through and through, the San Onofre Estate is exactly the kind of place you would expect a member of the Roy family to reside.
The series' production designer, Stephen H. Carter, discusses the many opulent locations of "Succession."filmmakers magazine, “We always try to make sure that [the cast] is the center of attention. If I walk into some environment and a billionaire has made design decisions that will potentially outshine Logan Roy [Brian Cox], I'll try to contain him again." in The Munsters!
Despite only appearing in the first half of the episode, the mansion packs a solid cinematic punch, its flowing walls and serene vistas effortlessly diverting focus from the scheming brothers and their latest machinations and machinations as they attempt to turn their father into a commander. overcome the negotiation.
Both the interior and exterior of the mansion feature prominently in the episode, with Roman attending a meeting in the living room via Zoom, where no filter is needed to show off the beauty of the surroundings!
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