From A Town Called Bel Air

From A Town Called Bel Air


Cheryl Tiegs’s supremely photogenic Bel Air mansion just returned to the market for $18.5 million. The former supermodel bought the 1950s ranch in 1996 for $2.5 million, and had it renovated into the Balinese-style sanctuary that it is today. Tiegs worked with then unknown designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, and the project helped launch him into superstardom. (Since then, he’s worked with the likes of Christina Aguilera, Cher, Elton John, Kylie Jenner, and more.)

Set on 1.43 acres, the one-story home spans 4,770 square feet, with an open floor plan meant to encourage the flow of good energy. Vaulted beamed ceilings and large windows give the hilltop house an airy feel, and the place boasts stunning views of the city. Other design details include glossy wood floors, stenciled wood beams, and grass cloth covering the high ceilings to add a sense of Balinese authenticity. The living room and dining rooms each have their own respective fireplaces, and are connected but clearly delineated. Other spaces in the sprawling main living area include a family room with a built-in entertainment unit and a cozy den.

The kitchen revolves around a large butcher block–topped center island, and features dark brown wood cabinets offset by grass cloth panels and sliding glass doors that open to the yard outside. An intricate pressed-tin ceiling gives the space a unique look. Elsewhere in the home are four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, with some rather unusual design elements, including one en suite guest room with bright red wall panels and wall-to-wall zebra-striped carpeting (a stenciled black and red dragon on the ceiling completes the look). The master suite is a bit tamer, and has a sitting area, two-way fireplace, fitted walk-in closet, dressing area, and spa-like bathroom with a deep-soaking tub and connected glass-enclosed steam shower.

Out back, the home boasts a kidney-shaped pool surrounded by tall palm trees and other tropical plants, as well as a separate guesthouse, numerous pathways, and fountains. A wine cellar and meditation pavilion with Japanese tea-stained rice wallpaper and seagrass rugs round out the home’s offerings.

This is not the first time Tiegs has put the home on the market (it is listed with Jade Mills and Tiffany Mills at Coldwell Banker Global Luxury). She listed it for $12 million in 2013 and then for $15 million in 2015, but was unsuccessful in selling it both times.

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