An extravagant Paul McClean-designed spec mansion recently traded hands in the Hollywood Hills, as first reported by The Real Deal. The seller was Los Angeles developer Dean McKillen, who spent years developing the mansion before first listing it in 2021 at a jaw-dropping $38 million. As it turns out, the buyers were Bronfman family scion Ellen Bronfman Hauptman and her husband Andrew Hauptman, who paid a discounted but still hefty $28.3 million.
The only daughter of a Canadian multibillionaire, Bronfman Hauptman was born into a family that is probably still best known as the owner of Seagram, the former liquor giant that was at one time the world’s top producer of alcoholic beverages. With her husband, she founded Andell Holdings, a private family office that has a diversified portfolio, including ownership stakes in apartment complexes and media companies.
In 2007, Andrew Hauptman — through Andell — paid $35 million for the Chicago Fire professional soccer club, which he subsequently built into a major franchise. In September 2019, he sold his controlling interest in the club to billionaire Joe Mansueto, in a deal valued at $204 million.
Completed in 2019, the Hauptmans’ new contemporary home rests on an acre of land secured behind a lengthy gated driveway that empties out at a spacious motorcourt and subterranean garage with room for four cars. Four bedrooms and seven baths are spread across nearly 12,000 square feet of living space adorned throughout with a mix of hardwood and stone floors, high ceilings, wood-paneled walls and designer light fixtures. Large expanses of glass offer seamless indoor-outdoor spaces and sweeping views of the L.A. basin.
A set of stairs leads up to the entryway of the sprawling two-story mansion, where a double front door resting beside an olive tree opens into a chic great room spotlighted by a fireside living room and dining area with wet bar. There’s also a family room and sleekly designed gourmet kitchen that comes complete with an oversized eat-in island and top-tier appliances.
Holding court at one end of the house is a sumptuous master retreat that unfolds to the backyard, and features a fireside seating area, walk-in closet, and luxe bath equipped with dual vanities and a large soaking tub. A curving set of stairs heads to the lower level, where glitzy amenities include a movie theater, gym, sauna and an indoor pool.
Topping it all off with a touch of flair are the tropically landscaped grounds, which host a palm tree-laced central courtyard ideal for al fresco entertaining, along with a covered terrace warmed by a cozy fireplace, and an infinity-edge pool and spa.
In addition to their new Hollywood Hills home, the Hauptmans have a $21 million mansion in prime Malibu. The couple also owns a $16 million Brentwood Park estate that currently serves as their main residence.
Astute real estate watchers may recall the Hauptman family also built what is reportedly the only John Pawson-designed house in Los Angeles, an enormous Bel Air mansion they sold in 2018 for $85 million to Japanese businessman Hideki Tomita. In 2021, Tomita flipped that place for $133 million to its current owner, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong.