On the heels of selling her previous Los Angeles home to Russell Westbrook, Petra Ecclestone is back on the real estate rodeo yet again. The luxury-loving Formula 1 heiress and her real estate agent husband Sam Palmer have paid $30.5 million for an all-new mansion in posh Brentwood Park, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Newly built by Emily White, a former Snapchat executive, and her financier husband Bryan Kelly, the house was never on the market, so photos and details are slim to nonexistent. But according to Palmer, the couple has some renovations and customizations planned for their new manor, which packs seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms into 13,500 square feet.
Sited on a half-acre lot on prime Rockingham Avenue — the street made world-famous by O.J. Simpson back in the 1990s — the brick-clad house is painted a trendy shade of dark gray, and lies behind gates and a gracious wall of mature olive and oak trees. There’s a large backyard swimming pool, a movie theater, music room and 200-bottle wine cellar.
Ecclestone will take the lead on redesigning the home’s newly-finished interiors, while Palmer will craft the still-unfinished landscaping, where he plans to incorporate grassy lawns, vegetable gardens and al fresco dining areas.
Now 34, Ecclestone has been a major player in L.A. real estate for over a decade. In 2019, she paid $22.7 million for a newly-built Brentwood mansion she sold three years later, for $33.5 million, to Westbrook. But she remains most famous for owning The Manor, one of Southern California’s largest homes, from 2011 until 2019, when she sold the place for $120 million to an anonymous Arab sheikh.
David and Anna Solomon of Douglas Elliman and Blair Chang of The Agency represented the sellers. Sam Palmer, David Kramer, and Barry Watts of Hilton & Hyland repped the buyer.