From Bel-Air To Spain, These Properties Offer Five-Star Pedigrees For Global Buyers

From a Bel-Air estate to a Spanish Hacienda, these properties offer five-star pedigrees for global buyers. When marketing premier properties, those with a back story are distinctively interesting.

tuscan villa il sogno in bel air at 500 Perugia Way Los Angeles, CA,

Il Sogno, listed for $45 million, is a Tuscan treasure featuring the work of several noted architects, designers and artisans. (Hilton & Hyland)

Bel-Air, California: Il Sogno (The Dream) 

Available for the first time in half a century at $45 million, Il Sogno (The Dream) on Perugia Way is a grand 12,000-square-foot gated Tuscan villa-style home. Built by Mark Daniels with interiors by Kalef Alaton, named one of the 20 greatest designers of all time by Architectural Digest.

Artisans from Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast helped create an authentic Italian villa. A team of Italian artists from the internationally-known Renzo Mongiardino studio in Rome hand-painted the frescos which adorn the domed ceiling, walls, and wood floors.

david jones designed landscaping at a luxury home on perugia way in bel-air, los angeles

The grounds were done by David Jones, the personal florist of Nancy Reagan, Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor. (Hilton & Hyland)

The villa’s extensive gardens were designed by David Jones, the personal florist of Nancy Reagan, Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor. A hand-tiled swimming pool, sunken grotto spa, fountains, enormous lawns, formal gardens and specimen trees make up the grounds. Views of the Bel-Air Country Club Golf Course and UCLA complete the picture.

Placerville, Colorado: Berman Buckskin Ranch

Bermin Buckskin Ranch exterior lighted at night 101 Buckskin Lane Placerville, CO

Bermin Buckskin Ranch in Placervilla, Colorado, was designed for director Oliver Stone and re-envisioned by its current owner, poker player and entrepreneur Lyle Berman. (Telluride Real Estate Corp.)

The backstory to this recreational Colorado ranch is the main ranch house was originally designed for Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone. Nowadays, it’s home to three-time Word of Poker champion and noted entrepreneur Lyle Berman who reimagined the ranch when he purchased it. Berman’s corporate resume included six years as chairman and CEO of the restaurant and retail chain Rainforest Café.

With a total of 17 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms on 1,418 acres, the ranch is listed at $24.5 million. The new owner can embrace the Colorado lifestyle via 10 miles of mountain biking and horseback riding trails.

bermin bucksin ranch equestrian center and vet hospital

The ranch includes 10 miles of trails, a 3-acre trout pond and a first-class equestrian center with a vet hospital. (Telluride Real Estate Corp.)

A 32,000 square foot equestrian center with vet hospital space makes this a special property for equine enthusiasts. Anglers will appreciate the 3-acre trout pond. This is Colorado ranch living at its best.

Malaga, Ronda, Spain: Contemporary Hacienda and Winery 

modern hacienda home for sale in malaga, spain, at la melonera

This modern Hacienda, located in the exclusive Spanish winery La Melonera, comes with its own personalized wine label. (Inmobiliaria Rimontgo)

Imagine owning a modern hacienda located in the exclusive Spanish winery La Melonera. With an asking price of about US $5.88 million, this furnished modern Spanish estate blends into the surrounding vineyard landscape. Being part of the winery means the owner receives 430 bottles a year and a personalized label.

The 3,845-square-foot hacienda with four en-suite bedrooms was designed by internationally known architect Marcos Sainz. An expansive master suite includes a sauna.


Holm oaks and olive groves are scattered throughout the enclave of classic and contemporary homes. The community fees cover agricultural expenses, maintenance, bottling processes and administration. (Inmobiliaria Rimontgo)

There is a swimming pool on the property to take advantage of Malaga’s sunny days and surrounding vineyard views. Owning a producing vineyard and winery certainly has cachet.

Bel-Air, California: Modern Georgian Estate 

419 St Cloud Road backyard swimming pool and exterior at dusk

The three-story residence, designed by Harrison Design with interiors by Kathy Hilton and Nicole Gordon Studios, seamlessly blends traditional architecture and California conception. (Hilton & Hyland)

Residing on one of Bel-Air’s most prestigious East Gate streets, this modern recently-built Georgian compound is deemed for legend status. The boldface names behind this 8-bedroom, 16 bathroom estate include the international design firm Harrison Design with interiors by Kathy Hilton in collaboration with Nicole Gordon Studio.

Listed at $55 million, this property is crafted in pristine white brick and features dramatic double doors that open to a grand foyer creating a true sense of arrival. Entertaining begins with cocktails on the main terrace.

double doors open to checkerboard-patterned foyer in a bel-air luxury home for $55 million

Dramatic double doors open to a grand foyer topped with gold fixtures and finished in checkerboard-patterned marble. (Hilton & Hyland)

The epitome of an elegant California lifestyle is found on limestone walkways connecting the upper terraces to a lower entertaining terrace and pool level creating over 3,300 square feet of elegant outdoor terrace space. An oversized swimming pool and custom-designed pool house with kitchen and bath make this property perfect for multi-generational living. Unmatched canyon and city views are found throughout. Cutting-edge smart home technology creates an estate for 21st-century living.

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I have covered the business of real estate (both residential and commercial) for over 25 years, including more than a dozen years working in the Forbes Los Angeles bureau reporting and writing about as I call it, Adventures in Real Estate. From the first tear-downs turning into mega-mansions in Beverly Hills to luxury condos as investments in Las Vegas, I follow the ups and downs of real estate markets around the country just for the fun of it.