WOW! This is one of my new favorite estates. Talk about massive; both in size and price! This newly built Mediterranean style mega mansion is located at 172 Bliss Canyon Road in the guard-gated Bradbury Estates neighborhood of Bradbury, CA (one of the nation’s most expensive zip codes). It is owned by Donald G. Abbey , who is the CEO of The Abbey Company. This exquisite home took an amazing 8 years to build and is situated on 8 acres. It boasts 32,000 square feet of grand living space (47,182 when including other buildings) with 5 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, massive reception rooms, 2-story great room, 2-story library with intricate ceilings, marble floors and wood paneling throughout, 2 formal dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, 2 master suites, home theater, wine cellar, poker lounge, subterranean garage, subterranean firing range and so much more. The spectacular grounds boast a MASSIVE cross-shaped infinity edge swimming pool with spa, guest house, pool house, tennis court and a temperature-controlled trout pond. It is listed at a whopping $78,800,000, making it one of the most expensive homes currently on the market in the U.S.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m absolutely in love with this house!!

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  • Marie

    I have to admit Kenny the home is absolutely breath taking. I suspect someone outside the USA will snap it up if it’s going to remotely sell in the neighborhood of it’s asking price.




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  • Chance

    I’ll give it a 7. I don’t like most of the interior design or some of the surfaces they chose, but overall it’s not bad. I absolutely love the pool.




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  • Largo

    The pool is ASTOUNDING. I have never seen anything like that before at a private home.




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    • Kenny Forder

      I know!! It’s incredible!




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      • sam

        I LOVE the pool too. Most pools on these large estates are tiny and shallow. This pool is equal to the house and really looks like a lot of fun. If I were to build a mansion the pool would be at least 75 ft long.




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  • Onions

    I like the structure itself but everything else is an abomination. The interior is probably the ugliest I’ve ever seen and is another case of where it appears the owners went out of their way to make an effort to be the tackiest of all time. Not sure what’s more silly: the cross shaped aquatic tribute to Jesus or the domed master bedroom trying to recreate the stretching room from Disney’s Haunted Mansion. The front makes no sense either. Here’s an extra giant patch of green to drive around. At least put a tree or a fountain or a….purpose into that.
    2/10




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    • Grrrowler

      I’ve decided that the driveway must double as a go cart track for the kids. I can’t come up with any other reason why it was designed that way. It definitely wasn’t done to make the front more attractive.




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  • Grrrowler

    The cross-shaped pool is a huge turnoff for me; that would be the first thing to go. The house itself has some nice features, but like most of these elephantine mansions, I don’t like it. The exterior itself isn’t bad, but it doesn’t thrill me. Inside, there are some lovely spaces (the paneled living room; the library), and some that aren’t so lovely (the semi-octagonal room with the bar; any of the green paneled rooms; the room in picture 31, whatever it is). For the most part, the spaces are just too big; they end up looking more like rooms in a hangar than in a house. I don’t hate it all, but it doesn’t seem like a home to me.

    I also can’t see paying anywhere near this much to live in Bradbury. Yes, it’s close to LA, but it’s also in the arid foothills, with none of the benefits of being near the ocean. And yes, Bradbury is one of the country’s most expensive zip codes, but Velveeta also outsells a lot of real cheeses in the grocery store. Candy Spelling’s house went for only a few million more (which is chump change at this price level), is quite a bit larger, and is in the heart of Holmby Hills. I’m wondering if this place will end up going for only 40% of the asking price (or less).




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    • NOVA Ben

      Okay, your Velveeta cheese analogy just made my entire day. Thank you for that.




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    • george

      I thought the Spelling house went for 55 mil.




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      • Mark

        86M… to Ecclestone – discounted price.




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  • Daniel

    Ha! What a joke! Considering I have a spare 10 minutes in my schedule, I think I’ll disect this one more than I normally would have, given the laughable asking price and plethora of photos.

    1) The driveway looks like an airport runway, lights and all.
    2) The exterior of the home is downright tacky. The porte-cochere is obnoxious and the lack of any landscaping near the house makes it colder than a mausoleum.
    3) The entrance foyer is an almost exact replica of the Boca Raton mausoleum (see a trend?). Photographic evidence:
    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dgstuart/cmausoleums/fl%20boca%20raton2.jpg
    Why would you want to showcase a row of double-doors to your guests?
    4) The rotunda would be great for a Hyatt. The stair railings are very cheap looking. I do like the blue marble(?) used in the room though.
    5) The living room (photo 10) is not bad, but the fireplace is just as obnoxious as the porte-cochere. Please throw in an area rug as well.
    6) The library looks pretty good. I would have switched the living room fireplace into this room.
    7) Kitchen is interesting from what is shown. I like the windows surrounding the range.
    8 ) Dining room is a let down. I don’t like how there are multiple entrances/exits and hallways leading into it.
    9) Master bedroom is tacky. While the rotunda is cool, the faux-finishing ruins it.
    10) The green paneled bedroom is interesting. Wouldn’t call it beautiful, but it is different.
    11) The theater is terrible. Anyone over 5-feet tall would need to walk in the middle of the room or crouch if they walked on the sides. Fireplace is pointless in this room.
    12) The owner(s) have a 612. No wonder the house is…quirky.
    13) The pool just looks like a hassle to get in/out of. I don’t think I’d want to swim all the way to one side to get in/out of it.

    Last but not least is the location. Why would someone want to spend this much or even half the asking price to live in Bradbury?




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    • Kenny Forder

      I agree about the Location. Even though it is situated on a good amount of land and is private, people would MUCH rather live in Beverly Hills, Bel Air or Los Angeles over Bradbury any day.




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    • avoona

      Thank you Daniel. You just saved me 10 minutes 😛




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    • NOVA Ben

      In regards to your 12th point…I appreciate the 612 because it’s not your stereotypical 430 or 599 in Rosso Corsa. It does, however, help to explain the house as a whole, as you said.




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    • Daniel

      Oh, we can add one more demerit. Why on earth would you have the infinity-edge of the pool face TOWARD the house? Shouldn’t the illusion be that it continues forever and drops down into a body of water, a sheer cliff, etc.? Very poor planning.




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    • Bella Dunn

      I have nothing to say.Daniel said it all. I agree with him totally!




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  • Plain J.

    I totally love this estate! It is to die for!!! Kenny, this is one of the best properties that you have posted. You made my day! =)




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  • Doug

    This is one hot mess of a house, and tacky, tacky, tacky it is. I mean I’ll give them some credit cause it seems like they did try real hard not to be tacky, but none the less completely failed. There are certaintly many things I like about it, the various stones and marbles, fireplaces, ceilings, the library and foyer are nice, the kitchen is also real nice. But they took all these exquisite materials and rooms and just stuffs them into one giant tacky gross steroidal mansion. The exterior materials are exquisite and high end and all, but the home has no Architechtural style what so ever other than “look at me I’m big.” and yeah sorry but the cross pool has to go, and does this guy know what landscaping is?




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  • James

    this is why i dont like many big homes…they just have huge rooms alot of empty space and uguly interior design…my description of a perfets mega mansion would be “30,000-50,000sq.ft. with 12+bedrooms a ballroom a media room a bowling alley a indoor pool multiple dining rooms a chefs kitchen with panorama windows many rooms that arent seen in the average mansion like gift wraping room,flower room,concervatory,observatory,glass breakfast room,gentelmens smoking room, AKA billards poker room,children play rooms with lofts and slides and stuff…drive through garage,nancy drew the movie type haunted house staircase’s,sewing room,craft room aquariums,trophy room,etc… 😀




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  • Joejoe509

    Oooff! What a house! This is exotic excess for sure! First and foremost – I REALLY hate the overuse of marble. It makes this house even colder and even more tasteless. If they used other materials, I might be able to stomach it more. My favorite parts are the glass ceiling in the library/study and the windows in the kitchen. VERY cool. I also love subterranean garages so they get extra points for that. It’s obvious that this garage isn’t necessarily for show but more for functionality which suprises me considering the rest of this tacky house. I don’t see a photo of it, but a subterranean firing range sounds kinda cool.

    I don’t hate the driveway as much as some people do. Is it my style? No. Does it perfectly match this house? Yes. There is no question what this house is all about before you even step foot inside. Why are all the rooms huge, but the theater is relatively small? Dumb. And why is there an odd looking fireplace in the theater? Ick. The rotunda in the bedroom has got to be the WORST part. It’s creepy, completely tasteless and useless. The pool is alright. Again, it’s not my style but it totally fits in with the rest of the house. It took them 8 years to build it? It was dated and ready for a make-over before it was even finished!!

    All in all, I have to agree. This house is pretty high on the tacky scale… I do not see myself living here and I cannot see my family being comfortable in a house like this.




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  • Brian

    I would be surprised if this goes for over $35M, although you never know. Although impressive in some respects, it is certainly tacky in most respects, and worst of all, it is not livable. If the “house” is just finished, it means the owner either went semi-broke, or in fact came to this same conclusion. This puts me in mind of Dean Gardens, although better designed, but Dean Gardens had far better gardens, and that went for less than 10% of this.

    For the most dramatic contrast possible, see:
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/30-Blair-Dr_Peapack-Gladstone-Boro_NJ_07931_M61567-39813
    Blairden is larger, with far greater grounds and important gardens and probably ranks in the top 10 country houses ever built, and an architectural masterpiece. It is certainly worth double this pile, maybe triple, but is priced at 5% of this one (I have seen a price as low as $4M on it). I would buy it for cash without setting foot in it, if I had the funds.




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  • NOVA Ben

    I don’t hate this as much as some others do, but it’s still not my cup of tea. It certainly has personality in droves though. I think I’d like it more if the sizes of the rooms were scaled down a bit, and didn’t include so much marble. I like the choices that were made regarding materials (like the green paneled rooms and the leather-ceilinged dining area, among others) they’re unique and lend the place personality. As is, though, this is a bit obnoxious. And the price, of course, is laughable.




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  • Tat

    Awful!!! I’m sorry to say, but this “house” gives a whole new meaning to tacky from the inside to the out. Where did the price come from?!




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  • Tay

    78 mill for dead grass? Ive seen more landscaping at a Mcdonalds..




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  • Coon

    Wow this thing is incredibly over priced. Someone would have to be an idiot to pay that to be in Bradbudy (a quirky suburb of LA which no one sees as desireable). For that price you could have something similar in West LA (Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Holmby Hills, Brentwood Country Estates (Tom Brady’s new home), or even Malibu. As someone stated, the Spelling house sold for not much more and the two houses are not even comparable. This resembles one of those $5 million mega mansions you see in New Jersey or Minnesota.

    Its tacky, theres no landscaping, and the location (Monrovia) sucks. For that price i’d expect a Landry home in West LA, similar size and all. This listing just humors me.




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    • Kenny Forder

      There are mega mansions in Minnesota?? haha




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      • Coon

        Well maybe not mega mega but…
        http://homesoftherich.net/2009/12/ultimate-minnesota-homes-tour.html
        http://homesoftherich.net/2009/10/minnesota-mega-mansion-on-wayzata-bay.html

        There’s a bunch on this site that are just plain jane like that. Theyre not exactly alike but this home in Bradbury just gives me the same impression. A poor man’s mansion. They seem like cheap shells to get the most amount of square footage under a roof instead of something timeless that suits a function.




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        • Hunter

          I live 20 min away from the “cheap” mansions you speak of in MN. First off they aren’t cheaply made and if you were to see them in person you would agree. Second most are located on Lake Minnetonka, the most desirable place to live in MN. Finally the landscaping in MN blows away this thing listed above. I suggest you come check it out for yourself, you sound like a moron to those of us who actually live here.




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          • Hunter

            One more note on your Mansions tour in MN. All the pictures were taken in late fall, come back during the middle of Summer when all the trees are full of leaves…the landscaping looks completely different and beautiful. You really didn’t do any homes in MN justice with the pics you took. Here’s what I think is the most beautiful estate in MN:

            http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1400-Bracketts-Point-Rd_Wayzata_MN_55391_M85821-54850

            Again come do the tour in MN in the summer. Its 180 degrees from the pics you took.




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  • george

    The one positive thing I can say is the presentation of the listing was very professional. They actually will EARN their commission.




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  • Tony

    These comments are usually games of what can you find wrong with this house (and I’m not denying there is a lot of tacky crap). I want to see the mansions that people agree on. Let’s find the best house in the country, or world. The one that David Siegel tried to make in Orlando, or the one this guy tried to do in Bradbury.




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    • Daniel

      ***My*** personal favorite is number 4, but there really isn’t a bad one in the entire portfolio:

      http://davisgeneralcontracting.com/




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      • Hüseyin

        But that one too is awfully barren and empty. If you look at it from above, it looks like a temple from the desert to be used in Star Wars or something. Why not plant something on top of those hideously sandy side pavillions, or whatever they are. Plus the finish on the facade looks cheap. (Inside, it’s a different matter.)

        Anyway, Daniel, could you go to the Chateau des Flores post and explain poor handling of mass and scale and what is technically correct about it, but that it still doesn’t look good!




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        • Daniel

          !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          Almost had a heart attack. La Reverie + cheap are two words I thought I would never hear used in the same sentence. I’ll admit, it looks very austere and imposing, almost like an embassy, but cheap it is not. I think the facade is clad entirely in limestone. The driveway is made of granite. The roof is copper and bronze. The arches surrounding the pool have glass panes that rise out of the basement to protect swimmers and sunbathers from the ocean winds. If you look at the photos, I challenge you to find something you’d find in Home Depot. The proportions and symmetry are in my opinion spectacular. Finally, the landscaping is pristine without being ridiculous. Check out the streetview and you may be swayed of your opinion *I* truly cannot find fault with it. What cannot be denied, however, is the superiority of the architecture compared to this BIG pile of dung.

          As far as Chateau des Fleurs, I personally think it is too symmetrical and the front is too flat. Granted we’re looking at renderings, but I don’t like how it’s just this big mass with an equal number of windows on the 1st and 2nd floors. Now I realize I just said I love La Reverie’s symmetry, but La Reverie’s wings extend out sides AND towards the road. It isn’t just one flat mass. I also am not a fan of mansard roofs, which C.d.F. has. The rear is also perfectly symmetrical, and incredibly Louvre-like. In this case, I DON’T like how the rear wings extend so far out of the house. In La Reverie’s case, the rear isn’t a big flat mass nor is it giant wings just sticking out. it has enough intricacies in it’s design that gives it depth and character, whereas C.d.F. just looks like a very lazy attempt at French architecture.

          But that’s just me 😀




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          • Hüseyin

            Well, what can I say! I mean, look at those two side ‘elements’, wouldn’t know what to call them, left and right from the main door, where the roof isn’t blue (and an ugly blue, I can say, either in Davis Construction or Google/Bing satellite photos). There’s nothing on top of them. Same for the part between the tennis court and the pool. If you look here

            http://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/sydell-millers-house/

            you’ll see that it looks like an Arabic kasbah or an abandoned temple in the Saharan desert. It’s supposed to be French, but it doesn’t really look like that. The driveway is also a factor. It’s all to dusty and sandy, I don’t know how to describe it.

            I mean, it is sueprior to a whole bunch of rubbish we see on these pages, but something about it is just too dry and unappealing to me. Together with the lawn that looks to the ocean. Nothing there, I really don’t like that part of the landscaping.

            Inside, the house is an entirely different matter altogether. Starting with the front doors, which are outstanding.

            As for the Chateau des Flores, I think you’re perfectly right. All that, plus a fair number of other things, just don’t look good. I’ve always wondered how someone can have a degree in architecture and be taught what’s beautiful, functional, what works for four or five years or whatever and then come up with houses such as Chateau des Flores, the Bradbury estate, Maison de l’Amitie, Lania Lane, Fairfield…




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          • Daniel

            While I don’t agree, I see your points. The interior is in my opinion the best I’ve ever seen. A perfect blend between formality and livability. So many French inspired homes (chiefly Fleur de Lys) end up looking so uncomfortable and museum like. La Reverie is one of the only homes that actually uses museum-quality finishing but doesn’t give up comfort.

            Since we do seem to agree on the interior, here are a few more pics: http://petermarinoarchitect.com/www/#/search/palm-beach/107

            And an article from NYSD (Can you tell I’m obsessed with the house)?
            nysocialdiary.com/node/212627

            Granted, there are some questionable pieces, but it is spectacular. The level of detail in that bathroom is unparalleled.




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  • AXGinLAX

    Velveeta is THE BEST COMMENT EVER!!! Kenny, how can you forsake The Stone Mansion for this tacky pile of marble out in the middle of nowhere? I wish there was one room, one room is 47,000 sf, that I could honestly say I liked or was successful from a design point of view, but I can’t. Glaring proof that money cannot buy taste – even when you’re hiring people who should know better! Flog the architect; lynch the decorator!




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    • Kenny Forder

      The Stone Mansion is still my favorite estate, don’t worry!! =)




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      • Mark

        Yes, wonder if it has sold yet…?




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  • An

    Everything about this place indicates strongly that the owner plays to the beat of his own drum: the crucifix pool, the blue Ferrari 612, the location, and of course the house itself.




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  • Sam

    Im 50/50, i’ll probably grow to love it




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  • Mike T

    I’m mostly with Kenny on this one, I love a lot of this house. I think the kitchen, library, and the great room are all excellent. However, other rooms such as the domed bedroom, the gym, and the theater room don’t work at all.

    The exterior design appeals to me, but the landscaping (such as there is) needs a lot more thought and the cross pool is a little creepy.




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  • lambskin

    The bar in the rotunda cracks me up!




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  • James

    What the hell is going on in picture 31? A kitchen, game room, office, and bedroom all in one?




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    • Kenny Forder

      Yeah, I think that’s either in the guest house or pool house.




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  • Kyle

    Would love to see Barney’s opinion of this place 😀




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  • Al Robinson

    I will absolutely not take exception to your statement of plain jane homes in Minnesota. Here in MN we are certainly not flashy. In terms of what at least looks expensive, I would say 5800 Hardscrabble Circle might be the closest. Jimmy Jam was a record producer after all, and these guys have “flash”.

    I am honored that you were paying attention to my post that I made what seems like ages ago. Thank you for that.




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  • Ingar

    In Singapore these houses would cost at least the double…




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  • Sassy

    If i can only get the money…




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  • jackrabbitjb

    If I ever get that much money I hope I have better taste.




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