What has four bedrooms, a pool house, a private tennis court, a porte cochere and a seller who once ran for United States Senate against John Ensign? The 1.59-acre estate of famed attorney and television host Edward M. Bernstein. This secluded, lushly landscaped compound tucked behind a high wall on historic Alta Drive has been on the market for several years now, and according to Realtor Robert Sibulkin, was originally listed at about $4 million, but is now asking the paltry sum of just $1.69 million. What does that get you, aside from a lot of new friends once they find out you live in such luxury?
First, there’s the main house, which—after you drive up to a dramatic, covered entrance that wouldn’t look out of place at a country club—greets visitors with ornate, bronze double doors, opening up to a massive main living area featuring 30-foot vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the expansive backyard. With warm-colored tile, real wood everywhere (even the ceilings) and a towering, wood-burning fireplace in the middle of everything, the house has the feel of a rustic ski lodge—complete with a full wet bar covered by a pulley-suspended light fixture.
The rest of the first floor houses three bedrooms, plus a few bathrooms, a formal dining room, a cozy den, and a roomy, wood-floored kitchen with center island, wood ceiling beams and a breakfast nook. A trip up the stairs leads to the master retreat, which consumes the entire second floor. It’s pretty swank, although the decor could use a little updating. The bedroom, which has built-in cabinets and furnishings, opens to a large sun deck overlooking the grounds, where you can remind yourself every morning how baller your life is. The bathroom—and to call it that is an understatement—features dual vanities separated by an oversized, glass-walled shower, and a freestanding tub surrounded by a fanciful, sea-themed mural, all abutted by matching “closets” the size of small bedrooms.
The rest of the expansive property includes a modest pool (with diveable depth), a full-size tennis court and a built-in barbecue area. The large pool house was most recently decked out as a gym by Bernstein, whose hobbies include boxing and yoga, and though it could easily be converted into a guesthouse or rec room, it still shows remnants of its former life, including a punching bag harness and steam shower.
So, true players, listen up: If you have $1.7 million burning a hole in your trust fund and are looking for a house that can accommodate you and 1,000 of your closest friends, you know what to do: Enough said. Call Ed.
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