Barely 18 months after they paid just under $6 million for a traditional-style villa tucked into the deepest reaches of a celebrity-filled, guard-watched community in the mountains above Beverly Hills, actress Joanna Garcia Swisher (“Reba,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Sweet Magnolias”) and her husband, retired pro baseball star Nick Swisher, have resold the newly-remodeled property for about $10.3 million, a hefty $4.3 million profit before construction fees, taxes, and closing costs.
Records reveal the spendy buyer is Amber Hankey, the former daughter-in-law of L.A.-based businessman Don Hankey, a virtually unknown billionaire who amassed a fortune — Forbes estimates his current net worth at $3.2 billion — initially through high-interest subprime auto loans but later expanded into the lucrative insurance, software, and real estate industries. A Hankey-owned company is reportedly the biggest creditor on “The One,” a shopping mall-sized Bel Air estate that was initially expected to come to market at $500 million. (The giga-mansion’s pricetag was later lowered to about $340 million, and the place is now facing the prospect of foreclosure.)
Amber was married to Don Hankey’s son Rufus in 2010; the couple divorced in 2017. Her new 90210 digs include a nearly 6,800-square-foot home that’s wedged between similarly lavish homes owned by Katy Perry and Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, respectively. There are five bedrooms and six bathrooms, and the house sits on more than an acre of lush land in the Coldwater Canyon area.
From the driveway, a steep staircase leads to a gated courtyard and beyond, to a double-height entryway with a grand staircase. The foyer is classically flanked on either side by formal living and dining rooms, the former with an oversized stone fireplace and the latter with French doors opening to a sunkissed patio.