A year after it was put up for grabs with a $13 million pricetag, records reveal the longtime Bel Air home of Nigel Lythgoe has sold in an off-market deal for a substantially lower $11.4 million, though that’s still almost $4 million more than the TV talent show tycoon (“American Idol,” “So You Think You Can Dance”) paid for the place exactly a decade ago.
Built circa 1933, the genteel East Coast traditional was reportedly once occupied by Lana Turner and later owned by both “All in the Family” star Jean Stapleton and philanthropist Nancy Daly, respectively. The rambling main house spans just over 5,200 square feet with five bedrooms and seven baths, per the listing, and is clad in clapboard and black shutters for an authentic East Coast traditional appearance.
Inside are elegantly scaled living, dining, and family rooms, all of them decked out with fireplaces, and a clearly updated kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and a wood-topped center island. There’s also a fireplace-equipped library with paneled walls and three bedrooms, including a lavish master suite that spans nearly the entire upper floor and features dual marble bathrooms and a glitzy dressing room.
Two additional bedrooms lie in the detached guesthouse/garage building. Much of the hillside backyard is steeply sloped, though it’s been nicely terraced with colorful gardens and meandering pathways. Other amenities include a trellised dining terrace, a swimming pool, grassy lawns, and even a classic London-red telephone booth secluded in the gardens.