Toronto Socialite spends $ 32 million on domain designed by Nile Niami
A landmark residence in the Beverly Hills Apartments neighborhood recently sold for approximately $ 32.3 million, one of the most expensive transactions ever recorded in that ever desirable pocket of 90210. Located in a particularly prestigious street lined with stately homes, the expensive property borders the famous clan Los Angeles Country Club and was designed by Nil Niami, arguably LA’s most famous developer of oversized mega-plans.
Originally built in 1950, Niami radically expanded and renovated the estate in 2013, culminating in the result shown in the gallery images – the property’s current glamorous mansion is perhaps most accurately described as a neoclassical French villa. with a trendy contemporary touch.
In April 2015, the house was sold for $ 28 million to businessman Gyorgy Gattyan, one of Hungary’s richest men and founder of adult entertainment / webcam website LiveJasmin. Gattyan, who has several other properties in the region, only held the estate for four years before overthrowing it at a profit of over $ 4 million before taxes, maintenance and high real estate costs.
The buyer, according to the records, is socialite Persia Vlessing Dime, a Toronto-based fashionista and frequent attendee at charity galas and fashion shows around the world. Longtime husband of Dime, Canadian industrialist Charles Dime, is one of the founders of Toronto Research Chemicals (TRC), a leading manufacturer of synthetic biochemicals for the pharmaceutical industry. Three months ago, TRC was acquired by a subsidiary of investment giant KKR for an undisclosed sum.
Dime’s billionaire-worthy new estate is partially protected from the street by rows of mature olive trees and a front hedge. Behind the double doors, a huge playground can accommodate a few dozen vehicles, as well as a so-called auto gallery – essentially a chic garage – and plenty of convenient parking lots for large events.
The mansion with white walls and a black roof spans over 10,000 square feet of living space, most of it done in cool neutral tones and decidedly understated. There are light-colored hardwood floors throughout, tempered glass walls, a state-of-the-art kitchen with a gigantic marble island and custom cabinetry, a formal dining room and sun-drenched living room with views of the gardens and one of the greatest wet residential bars this author has ever applauded.
A sculptural staircase leads upstairs, where there is a secondary living space, a long art gallery-like hallway, and six family / guest rooms – all with en-suite bathrooms, of course. The main retreat offers a semi-circular bedroom with two swaddled marble baths and two closets / walk-in closets.
The resort-style backyard is perfect for entertaining with a full outdoor kitchen and cabana, extra-long fire pit, and negative-edged pool with sunken spa. Emerald green lawns shaded by other olive trees stretch around the nearly an acre flat land, which is mostly bordered by golf greens. At the southwest corner of the property is a guest house which opens onto formal gardens and a stunning reflective swimming pool with recessed fireplace for maximum visual drama.