Despite its choice location on almost two gated acres in a hilly, wooded and wealthy neighborhood above the Annandale Golf Club, despite its baronial opulence and idyllic privacy, despite six months of publicity and a series of heavy-duty price cuts, the longtime home of once vaunted but now disgraced attorney Tom Girardi and reality TV star/pop diva Erika Jayne, a.k.a. The Pretty Mess, has yet to entice a buyer serious enough to sign on the dotted line.
In an effort to flush out a buyer, the price for the hilltop estate was slashed again this week, by a whopping $700,000, bringing the ask to $8.2 million, 37% below its initial, pie-in-the-sky price of $13 million. Though the asking price remains on the high side for the area, it’s not unheard of for a vintage mansion in the historic and affluent community to sell for more than $8 million. Indeed, more than 15 homes have over the last handful of years, including an extravagant 1920s mansion that was acquired earlier this year for $13.3 million by former Facebook employee Ezra Callahan, among the social media colossus’s first six hires.
Girardi acquired his stately spread back in 1980 for $1.3 million, two decades before he married Jayne, and shared it with his two previous wives. With its front door flanked by a pair of carved stone guardian lions, the buff-stucco and stone manor house was designed by prolific and acclaimed architect Myron Hubbard Hunt and built in 1928 in what amounts to an elegant and sumptuously embellished pan-Mediterranean style. According to listings held by Ted Clark and Heather Lillard of Compass the manse measures in at almost 10,300 square feet with four bedrooms and five bathrooms plus four more powder rooms.