Sumner Redstone was an American businessman and media magnate who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 27, 1923. He is known for being the majority owner and chairman of National Amusements. He was also the majority voting shareholder of Viacom CBS. The latter is the parent company of Paramount Pictures, CBS television network, and various cable networks. Until 2016, Redstone was the chairman of both Viacom and CBS, but he resigned from both positions at the age of 92 following an examination from a geriatric psychiatrist on the orders of the court. Forbes listed Sumner Redstone’s net worth as $2.6 billion in April 2020, which has now passed to his family since his death on August 11, 2020. Part of his estate included his Los Angeles home, which is now listed for $27.9 million.
An Overview of Sumner Redstone’s Former Home
The 1,89-acre plot of land on which Sumner Redstone’s former home sits was acquired by fashion designer Dorothy Schoelen for around $2 million in the 1980s. The plot was in an enclave in the mountains of the Beverley Park area of Beverley Hills Post Office. Schoelen had the existing mansion custom-built, and its construction was completed in 1997. Her home was a modern take on a Mediterranean villa, with a copper roof and curved glass walls. From its elevated position in the mountains, there are views of the canyon and the city from both inside and outside the property. Schoelen put the property on the market in the early 2000s. Suge Knight, the Death Row Records co-founder, had recently come out of prison, where he had served time for a parole violation. After his release, he took a liking to Schoelen’s estate.
While Knight was delighted at the prospect of living in the area, the neighbors were less thrilled at the idea of having a rapper with a criminal past living in the enclave. One of the neighbors who objected to the potential residency of Suge Knight was Sylvester Stallone, who lived next door to Schoelen’s estate. Stallone bought the property himself in an all-cash deal for an undisclosed figure to prevent the rapper from buying the house. A year later, he sold the property to Sumner Redstone for $14.5 million, and it is the home in which the media magnate lived until his death in 2020. The five-bedroom, nine-bathroom property measures 15,355-square-feet internally, and the estate is now on the market for $27.9 million.
Inside the Lavish Mansion
The first room in the home is a stunning foyer, which boasts a domed, double-height glass ceiling and curved walls. A curved staircase with wrought-iron balustrades leads to the home’s second floor, and windows around the staircase flood both storys with light. There are two adjoining lounges on the ground floor, both of which have floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors that lead out to the terrace at the property’s rear. While one of the lounges has a pale floor, the floor in the second lounge is a dramatic black. The second lounge also has a bar and a curved fireplace. A spacious formal dining room on the ground floor of the mansion is the main entertaining space. It is currently set up with a 12-seater contemporary dining table, although the room is large enough to accommodate many more dinner guests and even to have two 12-seater tables for entertaining. There are wall-to-wall folding glass doors, and when these are fully open, the dining room and terrace feel like one large alfresco entertaining space.
The property also has an informal dining area that is connected to the kitchen and set into a curved room with floor-to-ceiling windows. In the kitchen, there is tiled flooring, white cabinetry, gray granite countertops, white walls, high-end appliances, and ceiling spotlights. An unusual feature of this property is that it has a fitness wing connected to the main house via a long corridor with an interesting vaulted ceiling. In the fitness wing, there is a spa, a mirror-lined gym, and an indoor plunge pool. Another unique feature of the house is al subterranean area. There is a movie theater, an office, and a library on this lower level of the property. At the bottom of the staircase leading to the subterranean area is a curved room with a table and chairs and leads to a climate-controlled wine cellar. There are four guest rooms in Sumner Redstone’s former home. According to Dirt.com, each of the guest rooms has an ensuite and a private balcony where guests can enjoy the city, mountain, and canyon views. The master suite is on the ground floor, and it has disappearing windows that open to a curved private terrace.
The Grounds of the Estate
Sumner Redstone’s former home sits on a quiet street in a guard-gated enclave in Beverley Park. However, the property also has its own double gates opening out to a motor court with a tree at its center. At the front of the property, there is a koi pond with a waterfall feature and a raised lawn, between which there are steps leading to the front door. Directly to the rear of the house is a terrace, which offers plenty of space for entertaining and outdoor dining. Beyond the terrace is a wide lawn, beyond which there is a negative edge swimming pool that has a narrow channel connecting it to a spa. While the main pool is a wonderful spot for admiring the views, the spa is hidden discreetly behind trees. Another feature of the grounds is a sunken and lighted tennis court. Sitting above the tennis court is a trellis-covered dining pavilion, which boasts a double-sided fireplace. There are mature trees surrounding the property that offer privacy from the neighboring houses. Some of the neighbors in the enclave include Mark Wahlberg, Rod Stewart, Sofia Vergara, Eddie Murphy, and Denzel Washington.