A Beverly Hills mansion built by a man who makes his living dressing celebrities has just hit the market for $72 million.
Built by Albert Elkouby, CEO of JH Design, a high-end jacket and apparel company, the 28,000-square-foot home is set on 1.5 acres at 901 N. Alpine Drive in Beverly Hills. The home, which is visible from prestigious Sunset Boulevard, features a 3,000-square-foot ballroom with 30-feet ceilings, a dance floor, a lounge with a cocktail bar, and space for 200 people to sit down. There is also room for guests to park as many as 50 cars outdoors, and for 16 more in an underground garage.
“It’s an entertainer’s paradise,” says Joyce Rey. She and Jade Mills, both of Coldwell Banker Previews International, share the listing with Jeff Hyland and Zach Goldsmith of Hilton & Hyland.
Elkouby purchased the property from a prior owner, who had hired architect Frank Valentino of Park Lane Design Group to design the home. Valentino created the design for the ballroom with the future wedding of the owner’s daughter in mind. But for reasons that are at this point unclear, the previous owner ended up selling to Elkouby before the home was completed. Elkouby has been building for nearly the past five years, with French architectural designer Robert Salice overseeing the build-out.
The mansion and guesthouse contain a total of 11 bedrooms: six upstairs in the main home, two in the maid’s area downstairs, and three in the detached guesthouse, which has its own kitchen. There is also a guardhouse, similar to those seen in wealthy areas of Central America. According to Mills, such guardhouses are no longer allowed to be built in Los Angeles.
The mansion’s two-story entrance features double staircases that lead past curved walls finished with decorative gold-leaf. The home also includes a walk-in wine cellar, five wet bars, and a commercial-grade kitchen with Miele and Wolf appliances, two islands and four sinks. The upstairs master bedroom features his-and-her bathrooms and closets.
The lower level of the mansion is dedicated to relaxation and entertainment, with a screening room and game room, an indoor gym with a pool, spa, and massage area. The library is constructed from oak, mahogany and redwood.
Elkouby sells jackets that look like souped-up letterman jackets and have been worn by many celebrities, including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Queen Latifah, and Terrell Owens. He is selling because he does not need the home, according to Mills. “He has another beautiful home. His wife wants to stay in that house,” Mills said.