Back in 2015, Seema Bansal came up with a novel idea: a luxurious rose bouquet that could last an entire year in full bloom without water. Thanks to a top-secret wax solution, Bansal turned her dream into reality, founding New York-based Venus Et Fleur with her then-fiancé Sanjam “Sunny” Chadha. Today the now-married couple’s multi-colored, Ecuador-grown “Eternity Roses” packed in vases and fancy Parisian hat boxes are a favorite among an ever-blossoming clientele — including celebrity Kardashian sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe — who regularly dish out anywhere from $39 for a single rose up to $1,500 for extravagant bespoke arrangements.
Reportedly raking in $20 million in revenue during their first three years in business, and earning an estimated $7.5 million a year, the husband-and-wife duo and “Forbes 30 Under 30” list-makers are now funneling their flourishing earnings into a Hollywood Hills outpost. Property records reveal the pair recently paid $6.1 million for a striking mansion in the lofty Bird Streets section of Los Angeles — where they have a second distribution center, plus a boutique at Westfield Century Center mall — complete with four bedrooms and an equal number of bathrooms spread across a little over 4,000 square feet of light-filled living space.
The Chadhas purchased their new home from businessman Timur Tillyaev and his philanthropist wife Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, the youngest daughter of the late Uzbekistan dictator Islam Karimov, who picked up the place back in 2014 for $5.36 million.
Originally built in 1964, and rumored to have once been occupied by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the vaguely Moroccan-inspired house is punctuated throughout with hand-carved parquet floors, arched walkways, built-ins and several decorative wood-burning fireplaces. Resting on a quarter-acre gated parcel, the structure’s towering mahogany front door opens to reveal a mosaic-tiled, open-air atrium entry sporting a fig tree and cascading water feature.
From there, a columned foyer leads to formal dining and living rooms, both of which spill out onto an al fresco dining and entertaining terrace. Adjacent to the dining room is a gourmet kitchen outfitted with Viking and Bosch appliances, plus a center island holding a wine cooler. Standing out upstairs is an oversized master retreat boasting a separate fireside sitting area, showroom-style walk-in closet, spa-like bath, and large balcony offering up treetop and skyline views.
Two additional ensuite bedrooms can be found upstairs, with another located on the main level; and elsewhere in the house is a 1,200-bottle wine cellar. Definitely not to be left out: the picturesque backyard, which hosts a pool, numerous lounge areas and a cozy cabana — all hovering atop the heavily wooded grounds.