Financier Robert Beyer, a minority owner of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team, recently listed his Los Angeles estate, located in the city’s upscale Brentwood neighborhood and called Ocho Manos, for an attention-getting $75 million.
Beyer, the chairman of Chaparal Investments LLC and a member of the Milwaukee Brewers Advisory Board, and his wife, Catherine, purchased the first parcel of land in 2000 from J. Watson Webb, Jr., a member of the Vanderbilt family, who had owned the land for 60 years. There was a dated 1940s ranch house, which they carefully deconstructed and donated parts of the interior to the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. Beyer subsequently purchased three surrounding parcels, including the former home of film director Frank Capra, to create the current iteration of this property, which spans about 3.5 acres.
The couple took design cues from Mediterranean villas and homes in the south of France. Beyer told The Wall Street Journal that sourcing the stone used throughout the house was one of the biggest challenges. Eventually, they contacted the contractor responsible for the renovations at La Residencia hotel in Mallorca, who was able to find and ship crate after crate of Mallorcan stone to the U.S. to use for the house.
No detail was overlooked when selecting high-quality materials, but they also wanted to ensure the house was comfortable and livable. Beyer and his wife incorporated numerous natural materials, like reclaimed stone and rare, honed wood, as well as 10- to 12-foot doors made of African mahogany. The walls are freehand-troweled plaster, and the steel windows and doors are custom made by Architectural Iron Works.
The result, completed in 2005, is a fabulous 20,000-square-foot home with eight bedrooms, a double-height library, indoor-outdoor pavilions, and a resort-style backyard. The home has timeless appeal with soaring ceilings and windows, tranquil outdoor spaces, vast lawns, and hotel-like amenities. The oversized living room features 20-foot-high coffered ceilings with direct access to the wraparound terrace, while the double-height formal dining room, flooded with light thanks to a large skylight, looks plucked out of a centuries-old castle with carved wooden doors and immaculate stone flooring.
Other highlights include a gourmet kitchen, a catering kitchen, a gym, a 1,200-bottle wine cellar, a game room, a gift-wrapping room, and a storage room for china, silver, and glassware. There’s also a four-car garage, a service building with a separate entrance, and a dedicated staff area.
The grounds, designed by Todd Bennitt, are equally impressive as the interiors, with an infinity pool, formal rose gardens, an olive allée, rolling meadows, quiet courtyards, numerous water features, a tennis court, and a sports court. There’s even a treehouse suspended among the 80-year-old California Sequoias that includes a swinging bridge and a fire pole.
The home’s name, Ocho Manos, translates to “eight hands” in Spanish and was inspired by the couple’s four children. The home is listed by Drew Fenton and the Beyers’ son, Andrew Beyer, both with Carolwood Estates.
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