SELLER: Hutton Wilkinson
LOCATION: Malibu, CA
SIZE: 39+ acres with multiple structures
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: An exotic compound deep in the Santa Monica Mountains outside of Malibu owned by flamboyant maximalist interior designer Hutton Wilkinson has come up for sale — again — with an asking price of $3.995 million. The semi-remote and fantastically quirky property, tucked away deep in the mountains about 20 miles west of the upscale Malibu Country Mart shopping center, has been on and off the market numerous times since 2005. In May 2009 it popped up with a $6.025 million price tag that by the following March had plummeted to $5.25 million and in August 2014, after it was briefly available in 2013 as a rental at a rate of $20,000 per month, it was re-listed at $5.5 million and later at $4.8 million. With no takers the price was slashed to $3.995 million in April 2015 and then taken off the market in October before popping up yet again in January of this year as a $10,000 per month rental. The 39-ish-acre compound was long owned by Mister Wilkinson’s bon vivant mentor, costume and set designer turned vaunted visionary maximalist interior designer Tony Duquette.
It’s not clear how many square feet it has or how many bedrooms and bathrooms are in the compound’s main house that is described in current listing details as an “Adirondack style lodge” but current listing descriptions and photographs show an airy living room done up in cabin-chic style with a pair of tufted divans covered in floral brocade fabric that face off in front of a country rustic raised hearth river stone fireplace. A blood red walled library has a vaulted ceiling and several banks of open bookshelves and the upgraded kitchen features the usual array of name-brand appliances, bone-colored cabinetry with light blue accents, and an over-sized center island on top of which rather daringly and — let’s be honest, butter beans — unnervingly sits a life-sized ceramic or stone deer complete with antlers. There are two exuberantly decorated and self-contained guesthouses, one with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and the other with one bedroom and one bathroom, and the expansive property’s recreational amenities include a lake-sized free-form swimming pool with waterfall and a lighted tennis court with Asian-style viewing pavilion.
Mister Wilkinson and his wife, Ruth, additionally own Dawnridge, a substantially smaller but equally idiosyncratic compound in a quiet canyon above Beverly Hills — it’s next door to Sharon Stone’s heavily fortified mansion — much of which was also previously owned by Tony Duquette. Some years ago Mister Wilkinson and his wife acquired an adjoining parcel on which custom built a capacious contemporary villa that was done up — natch — in Mister Wilkinson’s outlandishly opulent signature style and had featured in the glossy pages of Harper’s Bazaar a couple of years ago in all its glitzy, glammy and jewel-toned glory.
Listing photos: Coldwell Banker