'True Blood' House: Sink Your Teeth in at $75M
The eight-acre estate has been used extensively as a Hollywood film location. Astute viewers may recall seeing it in Adam Sandler's "Funny People" and Paul Rudd's "I Love You, Man." But if they gave Academy Awards to best mansions in an ongoing series, this place's pool house would definitely be a contender. "True Blood" is HBO's most-watched series since "The Sopranos."
Sold in its entirety, the acreage and all the buildings on it are listed at $75 million. For $34 million, you can buy the detached guesthouses and separate lots. I'm already worried about Sookie and the gang, but presumably they'll find new digs to shoot in -- just not likely to be as remarkable as this place.
The 20,000-square-foot estate has killer ocean views, a saline infinity pool, a north/south-facing tennis court, a greenhouse and a 2,500-year-old statue of a lion, which was found at the base of Mount Vesuvius.
Well, why not? Known as La Villa Contenta, the gated property has a spectacularly long gravel driveway of tumbled black-and-cream granite interspersed with glass. The main villa has a two-story entrance of hand-carved limestone and a foyer floor of hand-laid pietra-dura mosiac made from antique, reclaimed marbles.
There's a dining room that seats 24 and has a hand-carved, French limestone ceiling. The library has a Hermes marble fireplace. And the kitchen has 18th-century reclaimed flooring and a stone fireplace. Class, class, class -- all the way.
The lower level of the main house is where you'll find the billards room, a wine cellar that can hold several thousand bottles, the media room with a 14-foot screen and a gym, all of which can be accessed by either of two staircases or the elevator. The billards room is paneled in English pine and bamboo and has a wet bar.
Even the pool pavillion is over-the-top. It's a natatorium constructed of carved marble in Romanesque design, with a frieze over the doorway. The pool itself is tiled in Murano glass, and there are 20-foot tall glass ceilings over the room, which has a hand-painted gesso mural and panels of intricate seashells, shell-encrusted chandeliers (that look like octopi), and a massive golden onyx fireplace. And boy, we're going to miss seeing it on TV.
Chris Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker, Malibu, has the listing.
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