Los Angeles, CA. Monday, 9th March – Not long ago it was announced that California governor and ex-Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger and his TV-presenter wife, Maria Shriver, had put their Pacific Palisades estate on the market for $16 million - the most expensive property in the area. To the uninitiated, it may look like a high price but according to exclusive buyer's agent, Anthony Marguleas of Amalfi Estates in Pacific Palisades, the estate is in a class of its own.
Marguleas says the ideal buyer would be someone who loves nature, wants extreme privacy, and has older children who would take full advantage of the five-plus acres to run around safely. Animal lovers, especially horse-riding enthusiasts will be in heaven, especially with the riding trails behind the home. "The estate is hidden away in the best part of Pacific Palisades. As soon as you get to the bridge over the stream you know you have arrived somewhere special. The wooded setting is just sensational, and the whole atmosphere is beguiling. It's a special retreat from the Hollywood glare."
An active family into sports, especially tennis, could practice on one of the three tennis courts and cool off afterwards in their choice of three swimming pools. Entertaining family and friends would be a breeze, as there are plenty of parking spaces not to mention the three homes on the estate to accommodate everyone. Marguleas, who has plenty of experience finding buyers for this type of property, says, "At this price it has to be someone who is at the top of their game in every respect, and Hollywood's heavy hitters head the list. If 'Lord of the Rings' director Peter Jackson needs a suitable hideaway to remind him of his New Zealand home while in easy reach of the Hollywood studios now beckoning him - this could be just the place. Mel Gibson's large family would certainly find plenty of room to move and with the upcoming release of 'The Passion', he could be busier than ever while needing a calm hideaway.
There's no question that Michael Jackson would be able to hide from the spotlight here, and this could give him a suitable alternative to the Neverland Ranch that the star is abandoning. There's certainly enough room for the children. Or what about tennis star Andre Agassi and his wife Steffi Graf with their growing family? Kelsey Grammer and his wife are out of the running, having just spent $17.5 million on their Beverly Hills pad.
The three homes combined have 16 bedrooms and 19 bathrooms. The Schwarzeneggers had architectural plans and a model drawn up by leading designers to create a masterpiece estate.
Anthony Marguleas is the owner of Amalfi Estates, California's leading Exclusive Buyer's company, working solely on behalf of buyers to find them the home of their dreams at the best possible price, with no conflicts of interest. The company has been in existence for 10 years and has offices in Pasadena as well as Pacific Palisades, and is opening its third office in Toluca Lake.