Addison Aloian | March 1, 2021 | Home & Real Estate
Calling all gypsies and folks named Rhiannon. Vice Media executive chair Shane Smith listed Villa Ruchello for $50 million, a stunning Santa Monica estate that was once home to several members of iconic rock outfit Fleetwood Mac.
According to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, Villa Ruchello was built in 1932 with a secret hidden speakeasy that remains intact. The property has preserved many of its original charms while boasting expertly-updated 21st century delights. The home is currently the most expensive in the Santa Monica area, listed by Santiago Arana of The Agency, Beverly Hills.
Not far from the famous beaches, the house is nestled in a tropical forest of palm trees and lush greenery. It's historic for more reasons than one, having served as a backdrop for the film Beverly Hills Cop and the popular HBO series Entourage.
Designed in a Mediterranean style with Spanish and Moroccan influences, the open two-story entrance comes alive in vibrant Moroccan tile and white oak. The interior design is well crafted. The formal living and dining rooms contain hand-painted ceilings and hand-blown glass art, while the bathrooms and gorgeous chef’s kitchen feature custom mosaic floors. That European flavor can also be felt while walking through arched doors, gazing out large windows and enjoying the home's carved mantels.
Structurally, there are 12 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms on the property, including eight bedrooms and two guest houses with two bedrooms each. All said, Villa Ruchello sweeps across 14,000-square-feet of living space.
The exterior of the home doesn’t play around either. There's a 74-foot long pool with its own pool house complete with a wood-fire pizza oven, cedar soaking tub and even bocce ball court. We can just picture Stevie Nicks wandering these gardens in all her flowing silks.
Still, the best feature of the house is hidden within the library. Constructed during prohibition in the United States, it only makes sense that this dream home would include an onyx-walled speakeasy.
All in all, Smith achieved his goal of preserving the home to keep the feeling of old Hollywood.
“We had a vision of a Chateau Marmont–style escape with the dual ability to throw lavish parties and feel homey and secluded at the same time,” he told Mansion Global. “A sort of mini-resort with the best poolside living in L.A. and a vista from every window.”
Applause is due. Check out these images of the home below.
Photography by: Jacob Burghart and Cris Nolasco/TopTenRealEstateDeals.com