Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt buys 'Enchanted Hill' for $65M

Bargain! Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt buys ‘Enchanted Hill’ for $65 million – 120-acres of undeveloped Beverly Hills owned by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen – three years after it was listed for $150M

  • Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO from 2001 to 2011, closed on the 120-acres of undeveloped land in Beverly Hills known as ‘Enchanted Hill’ after it first came on to the market with a $150 million asking price in 2018
  • The prized land, which offers views of the ocean and the Los Angeles Basin, was previously owned by the late Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates
  • The land previously was previously home to a 20-room Wallace Neff-designed mansion built in the 1920s by screenwriter Frances Marion and her husband, movie star cowboy Fred Thompson
  • In the late 1990s Allen purchased ‘Enchanted Hill’ for about $20 million and tore down the Marion home with plans to build his own estate, but never did

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt snapped up the last great piece of undeveloped Beverly Hills real estate – the prized Enchanted Hill – paying the discounted price of $65 million for the property owned by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen after it languished on the market for three years.

Schmidt, who was Google’s CEO from 2001 to 2011, closed last month on the 120-acre property after it first came on to the market with a $150 million asking price in 2018. 

The vacant parcel of land is perched atop a ridge and offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Los Angeles Basin below.  

‘The massive property sitting just above Beverly Hills is the last of its kind,’ said Zach Goldsmith, one of the listing agents, to Mansion Global. ‘120 acres sprawled across a one-mile driveway from Benedict Canyon, through a private bridge and tunnel to the top of Angelo Drive.’ 

In December Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO from 2001 to 2011, closed on the 120-acres of undeveloped land in Beverly Hills known as ‘Enchanted Hill’ (pictured)  after it first came on to the market with a $150 million asking price in 2018

Real-estate agents say the 120-acre property (pictured) is one of the largest undeveloped parcels left in Beverly Hills

The prized Beverly Hills land, which offers views of the ocean and the Los Angeles Basin, was previously owned by the late Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates

The land had once housed a 20-room Wallace Neff-designed mansion built in the 1920s for screenwriter Frances Marion and her husband, movie star cowboy Fred Thompson, according to the book The Legendary Estates of Beverly Hills by Jeff Hyland.

Famed Swedish-American actress Greta Garbo, who lived near the estate, came up with the nickname ‘Enchanted Hill’ for the property and an invitation to the land was seen as a sign of arrival in Hollywood society, WSJ reported. 

In the late 1990s, Allen purchased ‘Enchanted Hill’ for about $20 million and tore down the Marion home.

The tech titan had plans to build his own estate on the property, equipped with a fitness and wellness center, an entertainment complex, a sports arena, equestrian facilities and a winery, but never did. 

He died in 2018 at age 65 – just a few months after putting the property on the market. 

In the 192’s an invitation to ‘Enchanted Hill’ was seen as a sign of arrival in Hollywood society 

The land previously was previously home to a 20-room Wallace Neff-designed mansion (pictured) built in the 1920s by screenwriter Frances Marion and her husband, movie star cowboy Fred Thompson 


Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt (left) bought Enchanted Hills last month after Microsoft founder Paul Allen put the property on the market in 2018 – just months before he died

The prized ‘Enchanted Hills’ was previously owned by the late Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates (Allen pictured on typewriter, Gates left)

The property was most recently listed for $95 million with Goldsmith, Jeff Hyland and Rick Hilton of Hilton & Hyland before it was purchased by Schmidt.

Goldsmith said that there were many interested buyers over the years, though, ‘there are only a handful of people on Earth capable of this massive undertaking. Not only do you need the money, and the precise vision, you also have to have the bandwidth to support a multi-year undertaking,’ he said. 

The property was sold by Allen’s estate, WSJ reported. 

This is the latest addition to Schmidt’s impressive California real estate portfolio.  

The mogul, who stepped down from the board of Alphabet in 2019, has an estimated net worth of $23 billion.  

Earlier last year, Schmidt purchased a Bel-Air estate that was the long-time home of hotelier Barron Hilton for $61.5 million, the most expensive home to sell in Southern California in 2021. 

Hilton lived in the 12-bedroom, 11-bathroom Georgian-style home, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot, from the 1960s to his passing in 2019. 

In 2020, Schmidt and his wife Wendy purchased a large estate in Montecito, California, for $30.8 million, WSJ reported. 

In 2021, Schmidt purchased the Bel-Air estate that was the long-time home of hotelier Barron Hilton for $61.5 million, the most expensive home to sell in Southern California last year 

The Hilton estate is a 12-bedroom, 11-bathroom Georgian-style home, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot 

The home of the former hotel baron features a tennis court, along with Olympic-sized pool and a variety of gardens

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