Along with social butterflies like Kathy and Paris Hilton, Rosetta and Balthazar Getty, and Billy Idol and China Chow, the British publication Tatler named Peri Arenas as one of their “power players on the Los Angeles social scene” last year, which makes her one of the hoitiest of the toitiest Angelenos who gets invited to all the best parties and knows just who to call to get a tough-to-get rezzie in the restaurant du jour. Those who don’t run around with the SoCal beau mode but still have a flair for emerging fashion designers are more likely to put a pin on Arenas thanks to her chic, influential and punnily named boutique, Peri.A, on L.A.’s fashionable Robertson Boulevard.
While she’s certainly a successful mover and shaker in the L.A. fashion scene, and she’s well earned her vaunted spot among the pantheon of L.A.-based fashionistas and socialites — Kylie Jenner and Katy Perry have both reportedly picked up bits and bobs at Peri.A, Arenas comes by her money the old-fashioned way…she inherited it.
In the 1980s her grandfather, Jack Parker, developed the posh Le Parker Méridien in Midtown Manhattan. Immediately a favorite among monied pet lovers, as it was one of the few luxury hotels in Manhattan that accommodated animals as guests, the hotel, now called The Parker New York, was sold in 2019 for $420 million to the companies that developed the Ace and NoMad hotels. (The hotel was also beloved by hotel guests and New Yorkers alike for Burger Joint, a down-low burger joint nipped behind velvet curtains in the hotel’s lobby.) Parker later bought Merv Griffin’s Resort and Givenchy Spa in Palm Springs and transformed it into what’s nowadays known at The Parker Palm Springs, hands down one of the best hotels in the desert resort community that’s rife with luxurious and stylish hotels.
Anyhoodles, Arenas has long if infrequently cut an impressive swathe through the property gossip columns, starting in 2013 when no less than The New York Times reported on the $18+ million sale of her eclectically appointed triplex on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. One of just two deluxe units in what’s known as Ruxcroft House, a landmarked six-story limestone mansion that dates to the 1880s, the one-of-a-kind condo was renovated by architect Richard Perry with custom finishes by Jonathan Adler, who also rather famously did up The Parker Palm Springs in his signature groovy-glam style. Some of the triplex’s snazzier features include five gas fireplaces, suede wall coverings, and a custom system that raises artwork to reveal television screens and speakers at the touch of a button.
Arenas and her husband, occasional filmmaker Nacho Arenas, hung on to a three-acre spread in the Water Mill area of the Hamptons until 2018, when it was sold for not quite $2.1 million, but around the same time they sold up in Manhattan, they headed west where they plunked down $11.5 million for a then brand-spanking-new contemporary mansion in the Brentwood area of L.A. that they’ve recently put up for sale with a highly profitably price tag of $21 million.
Co-listed with Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Realty and Drew Fenton at Hilton & Hyland, the slightly more than 10,000-square-foot spread, designed by modern mansion specialist Paul McClean, has a total of six bedrooms and seven full and two half bathrooms.