It’s not every day, even in LA, that a 22-year-old gal buys an $85 million house. And yet, when UK journalist Celia Walden recently broke croutons at the Polo Lounge with fabulously wealthy British heiress Petra Ecclestone, she was told prior to the interview that the latter’s June acquisition of Candy and Aaron Spelling‘s massive Beverly Hills mansion (pictured) was off-limits.
To Walden’s credit, she still managed to edge into that topic-territory, getting the semi-scoop that Ecclestone did not buy the house for her seven dogs. We should all be so lucky as to live in a world where a 123-room, 27-bathroom manor has this feel:
“I saw a lot of houses and so many were like museums,” Ecclestone said. “This one is quite cozy–it’s a real family house.” And a good investment, she insists, despite barbed comments from her sister’s boyfriend, Omar Kyhami, on how the house, which had been on the market for two years, was a financial “disaster”…
After two months of intensive renovations, “the Manor” is unrecognizable, she says. “We’ve painted it all dark colours–even our bedroom is black.”