Stunning 12-bed 13-bath global inspired Santa Monica, CA estate where members of Fleetwood Mac once resided on the market for $50 million, 14,000 sq ft of living space with 3 acres of citrus gardens, pool, library, hidden speakeasy and wine cellar, private balconies, dressing rooms, Turkish steam bath, music room
The sprawling 12-bedroom, 13-bath old-world mansion hideaway Villa Ruchello, which most members of Fleetwood Mac have called home, is now up for sale for $50 million. Tucked deep into flowering tropical gardens for privacy, the Beverly Hills, CA property offers 14,000 sq ft of living space on over 3 acres.
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Like an innovative chef stumbling upon an intoxicating new recipe by accident, the smashing success of a band combining seasoned blues musicians with American pop up-and-comers could not likely be foretold. Stoic bassist John McVie, visionary guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, serene Christine McVie on keyboards, quirky drummer Mick Fleetwood, and the vocals of witchy enchantress Stevie Nicks swirled unexpectedly together into hit-making magic.
Besides earning Album of the Year and Grammy awards, extensive world tours are part of their workaday lives, and this stunning home and property must have felt like bringing home global style souvenirs from their travels.
Entering the lobby gives you the first taste of Moroccan flair present throughout the house. Adjoining arches and scrolled columns soar to a towering ceiling adorned with an artful chandelier. A huge wooden archway guides the way to the vast library built with substantial two-directional exposed beams and tall arching windows.
Those in the know can pull back a bookcase to find a bona fide secret passageway down to an atmospheric speakeasy lounge complete with lavish walls of onyx, and a wine cellar waits beyond an additional hidden door. The kitchen’s circular layout centers around a roomy kitchen island across from a commercial-sized stainless steel refrigerator. Two sinks, double range stovetops, and white cabinetry storage are all sprinkled in Moroccan spice with the tile backsplash.
Wood walls and arched windows line the handsome and polished den, which opens with double wood and glass doors and features a fireplace and inset bookshelf. A walk down a hall may treat guests to unique and unexpected touches like a golden arch door to a room, etched with striking detail. The bathroom melds old-world global style with modern touches, placing a contemporary free-standing single slipper tub against the Middle Eastern tiled floors and walls.
Actually encompassing several rooms, it leaves plenty of space for relaxing furniture and positions the tub in an alcove of windows for a spectacular view while bathing, all set against the backdrop of vivid tiles. Look further for an authentic Turkish steam bath. An entire room comprises the walk-in closet, which makes getting dressed feel more like glamorous boutique shopping in your own home.
An abundance of elegant storage includes a generous shoe organizer wall and a marble-topped island with plenty of space for seating.
The immense 74-ft swimming pool owes its unique shape to angles and corners that mesh with the Moroccan flavor of more beautiful tile work in its surroundings. Ample seating and parasols for shading surround the pool for ready-made entertaining, and the area is crowned with bright, lush tropical vegetation. Designed to aptly fit the name Villa Ruchello, the arched balcony and columned railing done in light and airy soft beige creates a distinctly old-European mood.
The home is flanked by incomparable gardens worthy of a palace, from hanging greenery lending a historic look to the sides of the house to the many surrounding palms and shrubs and acres of avocado and citrus trees.
The house is equipped with automated lighting and sound, multiple dressing rooms, private balconies with enviable views, and, of course, a music room.
Photo credits: Jacob Burghart and Cris Nolasco