Robbie Williams snaps up new LA mansion for $49.5million

Robbie Williams snaps up new LA mansion for $49.5million weeks after selling off his old home to Drake: Pop star bags sprawling Faring Estate with eight bedrooms and two guesthouses that was once owned by ‘original Funny Girl’ Fanny Brice

  • Robbie Williams, 48, is said to have snagged up the luxurious eight-bedroom Faring Estate in Los Angeles  
  • Williams bought the sprawling estate, once owned by Fanny Brice, for $49.5 million according to sources
  • It comes after the singer earlier this month had reportedly sold his Beverley Crest house to rapper Drake 

British popstar Robbie Williams has snapped up a lavish property in Los Angeles – once owned by comedian Fanny Brice who was famously played by Barbara Streisand in a Broadway musical based on her life – for $49.5 million just weeks after saying he has ‘nowhere to live’ after selling off a lot of his homes, sources claim. 

The former Take That singer, 48, was earlier this month reported to have sold his Beverley Crest mansion to rapper Drake in a private $35-$50 million deal for the ten bedroom, twenty-two bathroom mansion.

But now it appears Williams has his sights set on Holmby Hills, where the stunning Faring Estate – which comes with a tennis court, koi pond, and a gated garage which can house more than 15 cars – is located.

According to estate agents Hilton & Hyland, residing in the sprawling superproperty will allow residents to ‘entertain with ease and become a part of true LA history that cannot be replicated’

Records show the seller who snagged the mansion, which has been on and off the market for more than ten years, is understood to be tied to the wife of late syndication powerhouse Richard King, Lauren, The Wall Street Journal reports

The former Take That singer (pictured with his wife Ayda), 48, was earlier this month reported to have sold his Beverley Crest mansion to rapper Drake in a private $35-$50 million deal for the ten bedroom, twenty-two bathroom mansion

Records show the seller who snagged the mansion, which has been on and off the market for more than ten years, is understood to be tied to the wife of late syndication powerhouse Richard King, Lauren, The Wall Street Journal reports.

According to estate agent Hilton & Hyland, residing in the sprawling superproperty will allow residents to ‘entertain with ease and become a part of true LA history that cannot be replicated’. 

The estate, with eight bedrooms, features a two-story entry adorned with a spiral staircase, and is furnished with a seemingly endless amount of luxurious amenities including a wine cellar, butler’s pantry, saltwater pool, vegetable and rose gardens, sauna and pool house.

British popstar Robbie Williams has snapped up a lavish $49.5 million property in Los Angeles – once owned by comedian Fanny Brice

Williams is still thought to own a £24 million villa in Switzerland (pictured) – after admitting he has nowhere to live since selling his homes in Los Angeles and Wiltshire 

Williams also owns a £17.5 million London home that has been the source of an ongoing row with his next door neighbor, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, over renovation plans

John Elgin Woolf, the architect renowned for styling the homes of Old Hollywood legends including Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, David O. Selznick, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, moved to Los Angeles in the 1930s with a hope of landing a role in a movie.

But the luxurious home designer, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, became a big name among actors and silver screen darlings for a different reason entirely.

The ‘architect to the stars’, Woolf became known for his Hollywood Regency style, which combined opulent and luxurious glamour with a modern twist.

According to his website, Woolf mostly worked his magic around Bel Air and Beverly Hills, but is also known for his mega project, the designing the Marrakesh Country Club in California’s Palm Desert, which took a decade to complete and spreads over 155 acres. 

Source: John Elgin Woolf website 

It also comes with two guest houses, one of which is the work of architect John Elgin Woolf, the manganate of the Hollywood Regency style.

‘The Faring Estate by renowned architect Oscar Shamamian stands as a legendary monument to Los Angeles history,’ Hilton & Hyland added on its website. 

And its Old Hollywood legacy couldn’t be more bedazzling, with the mansion originally being built for iconic singer, actress and comedian Fanny Brice in 1938, according to The Real Deal.

The starlet, whose life is the subject of semi-biographical musical Funny Girl, lived at the Faring Estate until she died in 1951. 

Forbes reported that the Holmby Hills property went on the market for $58 million in January. 

Lauren King and her husband are understood to have snapped up the property in the early 2000s, after the mansion had seen owners including Robert Taylor and Alan Ladd Jr – who produced Braveheart and Gone Baby Gone – and the couple renovated it into the modern den of luxury it is today.

It comes as Williams recently revealed he has nowhere to live after selling his homes based in both Wiltshire and Los Angeles.

However, the singer is thought to still own homes that total an eye-watering £44 million including a lavish villa in Zurich that he purchased with wife Ayda Field last year to relocate during the Covid pandemic, and a £17.5 million home in west London.

In a recent interview, Williams confessed he and his family are living ‘nowhere’ at the moment after recently selling his LA home to rapper Drake in a deal thought to be worth at least $35 million.

It was previously reported that Robbie cut a deal with businessman Nicolas Brunschwig over the 356 square-meter Swiss villa during a game of golf, and splashed out a reported £24 million on the property.

Back in September, Williams revealed he was living in Switzerland amid the coronavirus pandemic.

During an interview with Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2, the musician insisted he’s opted to temporarily reside ‘up a mountain’ in a bid to avoid contracting COVID-19 as he’s ‘a bit neurotic’.

The singer also owns a £17.5 million London home that has been the source of an ongoing row with his next door neighbor, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, over renovation plans.

Williams has been spending a lot of time in Australia as he films his Better Man biopic in Melbourne.

It was revealed that the singer has been casting young Australian stars to play Take That in the biopic – as he will star as himself in the production.

The biopic will focus on Williams’ life and career as a singer and is being directed and co-written by Australian filmmaker Michael Gracey.

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