Socialite and philanthropist Suzanne Saperstein’s Fleur de Lys is back on the market, offered at $125,000,000
Who: Suzanne Saperstein
Location: 350 North Carolwood, Holmby Hills, CA
Square Feet: 35,046
House Name: Fleur De Lys
Bed/Bath: 12 bed/15 bath
Lot Size: 4.18 acres
Year Built: 2002
Suzanne has relisted her opulent mansion, consisting 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, and a 9-car garage on 4.18 acres of land.
Straight across the street from Walt Disney‘s old property is the Fleur de Lys mansion at 350 N. Carolwood Drive in Bel Air‘s Holmby Hills.
The Saperstein‘s bought three parcels in 1996 and 1997 and combined them to build this 35,046 square foot home. Which they promptly named “Fleur de Lys“. It is modelled after Versailles.
Candy Spelling‘s neighbor in Holmby Hills, Suzanne almost sold her pricey real estate to singer Mariah Carey in 2009.
As befitting a nine-figure contender for second most expensive of U.S. properties, Fleur de Lys features a formal ballroom which accomodates 200, a library with a collection of first edition books, a pair of kitchens, staff quarters for ten, a nine car garage, 4,000 bottle wine cellar, conference room, massage room, beauty salon, and a 3/4 quarter mile jogging track. The Holmby Hills chateau also features a posh formal dining room where Saperstein has entertained the likes of Prince Andrew and Laura Bush. And because this L.A., there’s a 50-person screening room.
Fleur de Lys features Italian marble walls, French limestone floors, gold-embossed leather wall coverings, gold-leaf crowned moldings and a ballroom with ceiling frescos. That’s not it, theres a pool house with full kitchen, 70 foot swimming pool, tennis court, and a pool house with an exercise room, a three bedroom manager’s house and staff quarters for ten.
The Swedish-born chatelaine decorated the manse with 18th century French furniture and Faberge eggs, filling the closets with couture and a collection of Hermes Birkin and Kelly bags.
While spearheading construction of the grand estate, the Saperstein‘s drew inspiration from Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicompte, one of France’s most elaborate chateaux.
David and Suzanne Saperstein met on a plane, a commercial variety, en route from Europe to the US. They ended up sitting beside one another and flirting until the moment David remarked on his distaste for European women because of their hairy legs, whereupon Suzanne swung a leg over his lap and invited him to run his hands along them.
Known as the “billionaire divorcee”, Suzanne Saperstein has been out of the public spotlight for a while.
“We’re just simple country folk trying to keep bread on the table,” Mr Saperstein once claimed. But big spending appeared to be a hobby of Mrs Saperstein in particular. Indeed when the magazine Vanity Fair profiled the family in 2002 it claimed that she was “probably the world’s No 1 consumer of haute couture and 18th-century furniture”. Now Suzanne has retreated to the couple’s 140-acre ranch and 14,800 sq ft house in Simi Valley, north of Los Angeles.
Since her divorce, the former model and competitive skier has been trying to “explore new things.” She has taken up competitive Latin dancing, helped fund the expanded collection of 18th and 19th century European clothing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, started a clothing line for equestrians, helped her daughters start a drunk-driving awareness fashion line and more. She is also spending quite a bit of money on starting a gender-neutral ballroom facility- where same gender and opposite gender couples are equally welcomed. She may not be marching on the White House or causing riots, but this ultra-rich socialite is quietly — and expensively — making a name for herself.
“I’m the most insecure person you could ever run into in your entire life,” says the socialite. “When I’m watching a football game and the players get into a huddle, I think they’re talking about me. They’re saying, ‘Oh, God. Did you see that dress? That hair?’”
David I Saperstein
David I. Saperstein is an American entrepreneur and farmer. The father of five children, David currently lives in Houston, Texas. Saperstein was born to Jewish parents in Baltimore. He dropped out of college to sell used cars. When he got stuck in a snowstorm he came up with the idea to sell traffic reports on the radio. He used his Ford Dealership to start his new venture in Baltimore. When Ford withdrew its support of Saperstein and he lost his dealership, he founded Metro Networks in 1978. Metro Networks grew to serve over 1,500 radio stations in the U.S. In 1996, Saperstein decided to take Metro Networks public under the Nasdaq exchange, stock symbol MTNT. He made his fortune when he sold the company to Westwood One in 1999 for $1.25 billion in stock. Now he operates tree farms in Texas and Florida: “It’s a growing business,” he once told a reporter for Forbes Magazine.
During the 1990s, Saperstein built a massive Versailles-style estate for his then-wife, Suzanne, in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Bel Air. The home is listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the most expensive in the United States, with an estimated property value of about $125 million. The compound, which according to W Magazine is inspired by France’s 17th-century Vaux-le-Vicomte, occupies about 45,000 square feet (4,200 m2) and is called Fleur de Lys (“Lily Flower” in French). The home took five years to build and the couple were divorced 18 months after it was completed.
David Saperstein also built a sprawling horse ranch in Simi Valley, California, called Hummingbird Nest Ranch, which was featured in the Los Angeles Times in 2004.
During a cross-country flight on board the family’s private Gulfstream IV jet in 2006, David served his wife of 23 years with divorce papers during a stopover in Houston, apparently due to Texas divorce laws that favor him. She then filed her own papers in California, which is more alimony-friendly.
Saperstein later married another Swedish woman, Hillevi Svensson, formerly nanny to his children, described in The New York Post as a younger replica of Suzanne.
Ken Mehlman (cousin) was the former national Republican chair and president George W. Bush‘s strategist for both of his terms.
In 1992, Saperstein‘s daughter, Michelle married Shane Coppola in Baltimore, Maryland in a wedding that was described as “the social event of the season in the nation’s capital.” The wedding is referenced in the 1993 film Dave, starring Kevin Kline.
In 1998, Saperstein, with his son-in-law, Coppola, began negotiating a merger agreement with Westwood One, and in September 1999 three companies merged, Metro Networks, Copter Acquisition Corp. and Westwood One.
Saperstein sits on the boards of Cedars-Sinai Hospital and Music Center of Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Committee.
In 2006, the Saperstein Critical Care tower that bears his name was opened at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Initially named the David and Suzanne Saperstein Tower, it had to be renamed after his rancorous divorce.
Interested in purchasing Fleur De Lys contact Christophe Choo of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation.
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