Last April, the estate of soap opera maven Lee Phillip Bell listed a gem of an escapist idyll in Malibu for sale for $21.5 million. The 1928-built house in the Colony neighborhood has been a longtime haven for the ‘Young and the Restless’ co-creator, who passed away in February of this year.
This month, Bell’s primary residence joined her one-time surfside retreat. The Beverly Hills estate—which is situated in the ‘Post Office’ neighborhood—features grounds that span some 2.7 acres, and it is crowned by a 1934-built, 9,146-square-foot main house. The lot offers panoramic views of city and ocean.
The four-bedroom Spanish ranch-style home is designed around a courtyard with a fountain centerpiece. Revisions to the home’s interiors have brought it up-to-date; like Bell’s Malibu house, some period charm has been sacrificed for the sake of contemporary relevance. But a host of period details remain to enchant, and include extravagantly graceful arches and raw timber ceilings.
A second fountain draws the eye to the middle of the backyard patio, which presents imperious views of downtown. A tennis court, a pool and pool house, and a pair of detached guest houses help fill out the grounds.