David Geffen Sells Beverly Hills Development Site For $34 Million

Media mogul David Geffen has made a number of moves in L.A. this year, most recently selling a one-acre lot on on Beverly Hills’ so-called “Billionaire’s Row” for $33.75 million.

The hits keep on coming for David Geffen.

The media magnate this week unloaded another prized piece of his real estate portfolio, selling a development site on Beverly Hills’ so-called “Billionaire’s Row” for $33.75 million.

It was only a year ago that Geffen purchased the one-acre lot for $30 million. At the time of the sale, the property on North Hillcrest Road had been marketed with plans for a 24,500-square-foot modern mansion designed by architecture firm for Shubin Donaldson, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Nestled between the Bird Streets and Trousdale on a narrow ridge, North Hillcrest Road is coveted for its explosive views stretching from downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean.

Recent transactions on the street include Minecraft creator Markus Persson’s $70-million purchase of a spec home and Pabst Brewing co-CEO Evan Metropolous’ $65-million purchase of the Danny Thomas estate.

The buyer of Geffen’s lot was identified by The Times as real estate investor Randall Van Wolfswinkel.

A native of Santa Barbara, Van Wolfswinkel is the owner and chief executive of Dallas-based homebuilder First Texas Homes. Barbara Duskin of Beverly Hills-based brokerage Hilton & Hyland represented Van Wolfswinkel in the deal.

For Geffen, the transaction wraps up a wild year of wheeling and dealing.

In February, the DreamWorks Studios co-founder made California history when he sold his prized Beverly Hills estate to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for a state-record $165 million.

He followed up his record-setting deal with the June purchase of sports and entertainment executive Casey Wasserman’s modern trophy home in Beverly Hills for $68 million.


Neal is the Chief Content Officer at Forbes Global Properties. A content strategist with more than a decade of experience in the sports, entertainment and real estate spaces he previously launched a sports real estate column and chronicled L.A.’s biggest home sales for the Los Angeles Times' award-winning “Hot Property” section.

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