Don’t let the outward appearance of this estate deceive you. While the East Coast Traditional-meets-Southern Colonial architecture might conjure up images of elegantly restrained, stuffily formal rooms, the decor here has been radically eroticized with “premier craftsmanship … and the finest materials,” per the listing, which is held by high-end specialists Josh and Matt Altman of the Altman Brothers Team at Douglas Elliman. Note the custom herringbone-patterned hardwood floors, the “floating” bookshelves, exposed brick walls and the quartz staircase, and that’s just for starters.
Those pricey renovations are all thanks to the current owner, extraordinarily well-compensated DJ Calvin Harris. When he originally bought the place in 2014, the then-all-new compound was a shell of its current self, with bland and basic trimmings throughout. No more, though, thanks to what were assuredly some very expensive renovations. But Harris can afford it — the perennial hitmaker (Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” “Feel So Close,” “Summer,” “One Kiss”) earned $110 million during the years of 2013 and 2014 alone, plus another $129 million in 2015 and 2016.
Secluded high in the rugged mountains above Beverly Hills and tucked behind big gates, tall trees and a long driveway, the Benedict Canyon estate is a bonafide compound comprised of five separate buildings. In addition to the four-bedroom main house, there’s a two-story guesthouse currently used as two separate recording studios. Also on the premises are a security building for a full-time bodyguard, a five-car detached garage connected to an upstairs movie theater, and a standalone gym packed with state-of-the-art-equipment.
Let’s not forget the big outdoor swimming pool, which is shaded by a grove of lovely eucalyptus trees. Per the listing, the “entertainer’s dream” backyard also packs in a custom pergola with a BBQ center, a sports court and an outdoor lounge centered around a firepit. The hillside property spans a generous 2.7 acres, with multiple gardens and even a solar dome standing tall out back.
Should Harris get anywhere near his $25 million asking price, it will likely be a nice win for him — even with the costly renovations — given that he paid exactly $15 million for the estate eight years ago. But despite his music success, the Scottish-born DJ, 38, has been somewhat unlucky on the real estate front. Once upon a time, he lost more than half a million dollars on the sale of his former Brentwood mansion, and he barely broke even on two different Hollywood Hills estates, one perched near the coveted Bird Streets area and another that was recently sold to fellow musician Charli XCX.
Born Adam Wiles, Harris has now swapped his glitzy Los Angeles lifestyle for a more simple existence on the Spanish island of Ibiza, where he recently purchased a 138-acre ranch that is “the biggest organic farm on all Ibiza,” per local reports. That particular Harris estate employs a whole army of staff, including farmers and chefs, and produces eggs, wine, numerous vegetables and farm-to-table meals.
While there’s no word yet if Harris plans to maintain a home in Los Angeles once the big 90210 estate is sold, the musician still owns a $13.8 million vacant lot in the hills of Bel Air.