The back pages of Sean Rad’s Los Angeles real estate portfolio include a period gem or two, including the 1939-built home in the Bird Streets area that the Tinder co-founder and former CEO sold in 2019 for nearly $10 million, and Rancho San Leandro, a historic Montecito estate that made a U-turn from DeGeneres/De Rossi ownership to Rad and back again between 2018 and 2021.
Rad’s latest interesting period SoCal residential acquisition may be the most escapist of the lot. It is the Bel-Air estate which served as hearth and home to Yvette Mimieux. The property was listed at $50 million this winter; Rad closed on it for $35 million in the middle of July, according to Dirt.
The compound divides the interior living area across two houses. Of the pair, Mimieux’s former haunt is an Italianate villa titled Il Sogno, which translates to ‘The Dream’. The house spans 10,607 sq. ft., and contains five bedrooms and seven baths, along with maid’s quarters. Specialty rooms include the entertainment space, called l’Orangerie, which is outfitted with a wet bar and an atrium ceiling, the wine cellar, and the Red Library, which is crowned by another atrium ceiling. Details and materials at work: stone fireplaces, plaster walls, frescoes, onyx, tile and mahogany.
The secondary house is just as thoroughly escapist, and throughout the residences a period feel is sweetly sustained by an endless litany of fixtures, furniture pieces, decorative elements, and the like.
The combined lots total 1.58 acres. The outdoor spaces accumulate into a stunning fantasy; weaving indoors and out, the landscaping frequently leaves doubt about whether one is inside or outside, substituting such orientation for an enchanting and slightly delirious uncertainty. The property is as near to magical as any on the planet.