According to The L.A. Times, The Manor – sometimes called Spelling Manor, the largest home in Los Angeles – has sold for $120 million, a new L.A. County real estate record. Construction on The Manor began in 1988. It was home to Aaron Spelling, and was nicknamed Candyland, in honor of his wife Candy Spelling. He lived there with his – oh my god, do I even have to say it? It was Tori Spelling’s house back when she still had champagne kisses and caviar dreams. Which is a real 180 from what she’s got now, which is a silver spray painted-platter piled high with FINAL NOTICE letters.
Aaron Spelling died in The Manor in 2006, and Candy put the home on the market in 2009 for $150 million. She didn’t get $150 million; instead, the highest offer she got was $85 million in 2011 from Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone. Petra was 23 at the time. Petra made various upgrades to the house, like a new black and white striped marble entry way, and a large aquarium in the study. What was once Candy’s creepy doll display room (2:37 mark below) was turned into a hair salon and massage parlor.
Petra originally tried to list the home back in 2014 for $150 million, then again in 2016 for $200 million. When she listed it this year, she was reportedly trying to get $160 million. But I guess there just isn’t a huge market for homes with 14 bedrooms and 27 bathrooms, because it only sold for $120 million. Still, it’s the largest home sale in L.A. County history. For perspective, another Holmby Hills property – the Playboy Mansion – went for $100 million three years ago. The deal for The Manor hasn’t yet been made official by appearing in public record, so we don’t know yet who bought it.
But whoever bought it will no doubt regret that decision not long after they pull up with their moving truck. Because I’ve got a feeling that along with a staff of 30, The Manor also comes with a living ghost. A living ghost with the voice of Donna Martin that calls on the phone in the middle of the night, crying about how it should have been her swimming in millions of dollars from the house sale.