Chartwell Estate - Beverly Hillbillies Mansion

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The Chartwell Estate is a Chateauesque mansion in Bel-Air, California. Built in 1933, it is best known for its role as the Clampett family home in the 1960s television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. It was the most expensive home for sale in the United States in 2018.

The house was designed by Sumner Spaulding in 1933 in the style of a French chateau. It was built for engineer and contractor Lynn Atkinson, who commissioned the property for his wife. She found it "pretentious", so the couple never lived there. The house, located on 10 acres, with gardens designed by Henri Samuel, later was owned by Arnold Kirkeby and then Jerry Perenchio.

In 2019, the mansion was reported to have been sold to Lachlan Murdoch for about $150 million, which was the highest sale price for any house in California history.
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@ 2005-12-28 06:52:58
Ya'll come back now.. ya hear?!
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@ 2006-03-11 17:20:36
some reports said this house was torn down, I guess not.
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@ 2007-10-17 01:33:43
No but it is hard to veiw from the road. Big ass gate...
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@ 2008-08-11 17:13:43
The Beverly Hillbillies house was indeed torn down in the late 1980s because the new owner wanted the land for a new house, which sits there now.
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@ 2009-03-10 15:17:20
It was'nt torn dow. just remodeled
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@ 2010-08-30 12:37:27
ok, did they tear it down and buld a new one, or did thet remodel the old one ?
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@ 2011-01-01 17:46:47
I thought the cement pond was behind the house
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@ 2011-03-01 13:17:14
The story of this house is told in the good book DREAM PALACES - HOLLYWOOD AT HOME by Charles Lockwood, pub. 1981, available from amazon.com if you are interested. (Most large city libraries should still have a copy.) The house has a fascinating history, and is one of the largest and most beautiful estates in Bel Air. The present owner Jerry Perenchio had to take down the beautiful wrought-iron front gates and put up a stone wall because tourists were constantly parking and gawking through the gates. The house is no longer visible from the road, alas. The estimated market value is anywhere from $15 to $30 million, perhaps more, depending upon the current market conditions.
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@ 2012-05-15 03:10:30
I was sight seeing in about 1981 and was stunned to see Jed's place through the gates. Didnt stop but slowed down for a good gawk and might have reversed up for a second and third gawk . Went looking again a few years back and couldnt see it, heard it was torn down. Next time I will be looking for a wall.
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@ 2012-09-15 18:38:07
The original house WAS torn down, but not because the owner wanted the land for a new home. A fire started during renovations on the property and gutted the building. It had to be torn down.
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@ 2012-11-25 13:27:24
Get your stories straight and stop gossiping! Your stories are all different.
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@ 2013-05-12 05:28:55
The gates are still there. Originally there was a small circular driveway outside of the gates on Bel Air Rd and that's what was walled over. You still pass through them when arriving, but now it's after a sharp left turn instead of straight through.

The only thing that was torn down was an awkwardly placed garage right at the front.
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@ 2017-07-01 23:55:52
Mr. Perenchio did not tear anything down and there was no fire. He remodeled the original Kirkeby mansion extensively and moved the main gate to a location on Nimes, eliminating the direct view of the mansion through the old gates.
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@ 2021-10-07 15:16:54
Lachlan Murdoch, son of billionaire Rupert, bought the estate after the death of Perenchio for $150M.