Magazine article Variety

JLo Sets Sights on Bel-Air Compound

Magazine article Variety

JLo Sets Sights on Bel-Air Compound

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It's certainly no secret that Jennifer Lopez has been looking for a swanky new spread in Los Angeles. Earlier this year, she was reported as having peeped but passed on Frank Mancuso Jr.'s $23 million Bev Hills estate, and we now hear from Platinum Triangle real estate über-insider Peter Propertyseller that word on the celebrity property gossip grapevine is the Bronx-bred former fly girl-tumed-money-minting entertainer will soon seal the deal for Seia Ward's picturesque compound in Bel-Air. It carries a price tag of almost $40 million.

The eight-plus-acre estate is anchored by a rambling, multi-level mansion described in marketing materials as a "French Country refuge," with six fireplaces, steel-framed glass doors, French limestone countertops, and 100-year-old heart pine floors. There are spacious formal living and dining rooms, of course, along with a family room and separate game room that spill out to an elevated terrace with a three-sided, infinity-edged swimming pool. The lower level offers a plush 30-seat screening room, and the upper level incorporates a suite of offices and a library that leads to a master suite with double dressing rooms. In addition to a guesthouse and art studio, the unquestionably brutally expensive-to-maintain park-like grounds feature a babbling brook crossed by a covered footbridge, a pagoda with fire pit, and a kitchen-equipped entertainment pavilion. …

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