Although it seems a good bet he won’t be receiving a housewarming gift from arch-nemesis Taylor Swift, Scooter Braun has moved out of his family home to set up shop in Brentwood’s bucolic Mandeville Canyon, where he’s dropped a staggering $65 million on an all-new, strikingly trendy mansion that had originally been offered at $70 million. Despite the slight discount, the sale represents the priciest residential deal in Brentwood history, and the second-biggest ever inked on all of L.A.’s Westside, behind only a Pacific Palisades palace that was sold, over the summer, for $83 million to a still-unidentified buyer.
Braun, 40, is still primarily known to the public as a music manager — the longtime driving force behind the white-hot careers of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande — but has morphed into a powerhouse investor and media mogul in recent years, with a borderline uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time. Earlier this year, he sold his Ithaca Holdings conglomerate to South Korean juggernaut HYBE in a deal valued at north of $1 billion. And in 2019, he paid more than $300 million for Big Machine Label Group and the master rights to Taylor Swift’s first six albums, before flipping those assets for a big payday — moves that pitted him squarely, and very publicly, against Swift herself. But Braun might argue that one doesn’t climb to the top without stepping on a few toes along the way, and that sort of crafty dealmaking has helped the Connecticut native become a Hollywood powerhouse, with a widely reported net worth believed to top $400 million.
The new Brentwood mansion sits on a private road and was designed by Noah Walker, the acclaimed architect who also designed one of L.A.’s most beautiful modern estates — the so-called Oak Pass Residence — that is now owned by Garmin heir Ken Kao. He also designed the hulking “Carla House” in Beverly Hills’ Trousdale Estates, which was sold in 2019 for $35 million to a Russian oligarch.
Built and sold by Larry and Kathleen Paul, longtime Brentwood residents whose family are part-owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team, the mansion packs includes 19,000 square feet of interior space. There are six bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms, with the honey-hued, wood-filled interiors designed by Jamie Bush. Garaging for eight cars, motorcourt parking for dozens more, and a huge movie theater are perfect for entertaining, and the entire place rather resembles a giant farmhouse, or at least a distinctly L.A. sort of take on a farmhouse.
Other amenities? For starters, there are both indoor and outdoor pools. Designed by landscape architect Christine London, the vast grounds offer secluded terraces, sprawling lawns and intimate gardens, nearly all of them with spectacular canyon and/or city lights views. Out back are a detached poolhouse and guesthouse, and some of Braun’s nearest new neighbors are financial heavy hitters like Reese Witherspoon, crypto billionaire Jesse Powell and investor Lowell Milken.
Presumably Braun’s estranged wife, mining heiress Yael Cohen Braun, will continue to occupy the couple’s longtime estate elsewhere in Brentwood, which is comprised of two side-by-side mansions acquired for a total layout of $31.1 million. That palatial compound is directly across the street from the home of her parents, Canadian mining mogul David Cohen and his wife Diane. (The Cohens bought their Brentwood estate in 2018 for $12.5 million.)
The Brauns also maintain an $8 million vacation home out in La Quinta’s Madison Club, the same guard-gated golf community where other residents include Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Cindy Crawford and Nike’s Phil Knight. And they’ve also got an estate up north in Montecito, Calif., that was photographed for Architectural Digest in 2018.