You might also recognize it from a classic TV show.

By Sarah Yang
August 09, 2017

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A sprawling Bel-Air estate just hit the market for a whopping $350 million, making it the most expensive house in America. The iconic mansion, impressively named Chartwell, isn’t just famous for its outrageous price tag—some people might recognize it as the Clampett family’s home in the classic TV show, The Beverly Hillbillies.

If the house’s fictional television owners are any indication, anyone can dream big and become the owner of a grand estate (dream being the keyword here). Viewers might remember the 1960s rags-to-riches series followed a poor rural family who made a fortune when they found oil on their land—and promptly moved to Beverly Hills, California.

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In real life, the house was built in 1933 by the architect Sumner Spaulding and inspired by 18th century French Neoclassical style. When its most recent owner, now-deceased billionaire A. Jerrold Perenchio, purchased it in 1986, he made extensive renovations and additions to the home with the help of designer Henri Samuel, who worked on estates owned by the Vanderbilts, Rothschilds, and Valentino.

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The 25,000-square-foot main house features a ballroom, wine cellar, formal salon, and period-paneled dining room. On the estate, there are various other buildings, including a guesthouse and pool house. Other amenities outside include manicured gardens, a tennis court, covered parking for 40 cars, and a 75-foot pool.

It is listed by Hilton & Hyland, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.

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