The Chartwell Estate, better known as the residence of the Clampett family in the iconic tv show, The Beverly Hillbillies; has been listed for sale jointly with Hilton & Hyland, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services for an impressive sum of $350 million, making it the most expensive home for sale in the United States. The residence tops its closest competitor by no less than $100 million, a luxurious $250 million modern spec house that was built by developer Bruce Makowsky.
The elegant residence was originally constructed in 1933 by the renowned architect Mr. Summer Spaulding in 18th century French neoclassical style. Mr. Spaulding is also praised for the infamous Greenacres Estate in Beverly Hills and his work with Walter I. Webber in the design of the Catalina Casino in Avalon on Catalina Island. The Chartwell Estate offers over 25,000 square feet (2,350sqm) of opulent living spaces including a ballroom, wine cellar, salon, period paneled dining room, and covered parking for 40 vehicles. Situated on over 10 acres, additional standout amenities are a Wallace Neff-designed guest house, tennis court, lush manicured gardens, and a 75 foot swimming pool (dubbed the cement pond by the Clampett’s).
In 1986 the residence was purchased by the late Univision Chairman, Jerry Perenchio who recently passed away in May of this year. After purchasing the estate, Mr. Perenchio hired design legend Henri Samuel to update the residence during a multi-million dollar renovation. Henri Samuel was well known for ever exceeding the demands of his demanding high profile clients which included Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, the Rothschilds, the Vanderbilts, as well as Valentino.