Travis Kalanick—the co-founder of Uber who left the company late last year—has been on a bit of a residential real-estate buying tear for the past couple of years. Late 2019 found him closing on a $36.5 million penthouse purchase in the incredibly flashy, quasi-green Renzo Piano-designed luxury lower Manhattan building 565 Broome; a few months later, and he’s dropping mid-eight figures on a Spanish-style estate on one of Holmby Hills’ most famous and gilded streets.
The estate is a new build. Taking a liberty, it’s been titled Bellagio Estate. Heavily inspired by the classic period Spanish Eclectic homes of the pre-WWII era, the main house is a romantically designed, 20,000 square-footer with a contemporary sensibility regarding security; its central courtyard, while charming, feels nearly as insulated as deliriously timeless.
The lot, as you may’ve surmised, is very substantial for this neck of the woods: about 1.7 acres. It is landscaped with a dense green border of mature trees and privacy hedges. Materials used generally remain faithful to the period evoked; the motor court is cobblestone, and the home’s exterior is stucco and tile.
Inside, details blossom quickly and flourish, but aside from the occasional hat-tipping to a bygone era in fixture and material—plaster walls, Spanish colonial chandeliers—the design style is contemporary. The kitchen takes a few pointers from Scandinavian modern, materials and tones adhere to today’s fashionable understatement, and space is rendered as liberation and not coziness. The layout momentum draws toward the courtyard.
Amenities include a singular wine cellar, a wet bar, and a majestic outdoor living area with a series of terraces and patios, a pool and pool house, and a tennis court.
Kalanick’s net worth is around $3 billion.