The Late Barron Hilton’s Historic Los Angeles Estate Hits the Market for $75 Million

The Paul R. Williams-designed property in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles that’s owned by the estate of the late hotelier and philanthropist William Barron Hilton was listed Tuesday for $75 million.

Hilton, who had served as the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Hilton Hotels Corporation and chairman emeritus of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, died in September 2019 at age 91.

His estate is selling the property. And his son, Rick Hilton and grandson, Barron Hilton, both of brokerage Hilton and Hyland, are handling the sale.


Rick Hilton said his family has owned the property for more than 50 years.

“I have five brothers and two sisters. Everyone lived in the same house,” said Mr. Hilton, who had moved there with his family when he was 12. “There was no need for playdates.”

The home was designed in 1936 by Williams for Jay Paley, whose family founded the Congress Cigar Company and the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). Williams was a pioneering Black architect who designed the homes of numerous celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Barbara Stanwyck and Charles Correll.

“The property was designed so well, there was no structural work to be redone,” Mr. Hilton said. “It has always been perfectly maintained.”

Inspired by traditional English Georgian architecture, the 15,000-square-foot mansion features metal window frames and doors, delicate moldings and paneling. It has 13 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms across the two levels, a step-down living room, a dining room, a billiards room, and a den, according to the listing.

The home also includes a commercial kitchen and a circular breakfast room, a Williams hallmark for intimate family dining.


Outside, the 2.55-acre property is decorated with gardens, reflecting pools, fountains, specimen trees, a pool with a pool house, and a sunken tennis court, according to the listing.

The Olympic-size pool features thousands of hand-painted tiles detailing the 12 Zodiac signs. “It’s the best pool that I have ever seen. It’s a piece of art. It’s very magical,” Mr. Hilton said.

This unique property will likely attract a buyer who collects homes of Williams, Mr. Hilton said.

“This happens to be the best one he ever designed, like a piece of Picasso for the art world,” he said.

W. Barron Hilton pledged 97% of his wealth in 2007 to the family’s Foundation, run by his son, Steven. In 2010, he reiterated his plan to give the majority of his wealth, estimated at $4.5 billion, to humanitarian work by signing The Giving Pledge, an initiative launched by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.

 

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