Less than a month ago, Reinout Oerlemans sold his extravagant Bel Air mansion for a whopping $69 million to Abel Tesfaye, the Canadian music superstar better known as The Weeknd, in one of California’s priciest home sales of 2021. Now the Eyeworks TV production company founder and his onetime pro cyclist wife Danielle have “downsized,” in a manner of speaking, dropping $19 million on another Los Angeles estate and pocketing a cool $50 million in the process.
But it’s not quite as simple as all that, however, because records reveal that the Oerlemans provided carryback financing on the Bel Air property when they sold it to The Weeknd — meaning they’re now his lenders and mortgage providers. And they loaned him quite a large sum of money, to the tune of $55.2 million, all of which must presumably be repaid over the next 30 years, plus interest.
In any case, the married Dutch celebrities — who gave their previous home an elaborate three-year makeover just before selling it — have bought a significantly smaller but still glitzy house in nearby Beverly Hills. The seller was Lynda Brasali, widow of Indonesian real estate mogul Aldo Brasali; the Brasalis paid $14.5 million for the house way back in 2012.
Because the new Oerlemans residence was never publicly offered for sale, current photos and insider details are scarce. But previous listings do show that the two-story structure was built in the late ’80s, and offers six bedrooms and eight bathrooms spread across 9,100 square feet — a significant size adjustment from their former Bel Air mega-mansion, which featured roughly 33,000 square feet of contemporary living space.
Tucked away behind gates and towering hedges on an acre of lush land overlooking the Los Angeles Country Club, the neoclassical French chateau-style estate greets with a sprawling motorcourt. Once inside, there are recently updated interiors, soaring ceilings, wainscoting and elaborate light fixtures throughout.
Among the highlights: a double-height, skylit foyer, an attractive wood-paneled library with a fireplace and a spacious master retreat with plenty of room for a sitting area. Multiple balconies and verandas afford the new owners SoCal’s quintessential indoor-outdoor lifestyle, while the lush grounds hold a lighted and full-size tennis court, plus a sparkling pool and spa flanked by a sun deck.