Unreal Estate: A $6.5 Million Gilded “Palace”

by hookedonhouses on January 12, 2010

The Palace-exterior

There’s nothing I love more than finding a house in the real estate listings that’s a little unusual. Something that sets itself apart from everything else on the market. So imagine my excitement when I came across The Palace–a $6.5 million home in Woodland Hills, California. File this under: “Must see to believe.”

The Palace-living room

According to the listing, it was “transformed into a Royal Mediterranean Palace with no expense spared.” The hand-carved, made-to-order gilded furniture is all included with the house. Possibly because it would be too heavy to move.

The Palace-dining room

I love how they have models posing in some of the photos. The agent is genius–he clearly knows who they’re marketing the house to and how to stage it. I highly recommend the entertaining video tour in which the women hang out in various rooms. As far as I can tell, they don’t actually come with the house, though.

The Palace-bedroom

According to the listing:

Words and pictures understate and cannot describe the extravagant and grandiose scale of this home. Entering this awe inspiring PALACE will immediately leave you overwhelmed and immerse you in a state of momentous ultra luxury!

You gotta love a description like that. It sounds like you may need a designated driver to take you home afterward…

The Palace-hallway

The Palace-red bedroom with girls

If you’re a prince in search of a suitable palace (or your name is Hef), check out the listing.

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Amy @ Living Locurto January 12, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Oh, let me get my pet tiger and move right in!!! This will be perfect with a little more gold and glitter! :-)
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Annie@A View on Design January 12, 2010 at 10:02 pm

OMG can you imagine that lifestyle! my friends would never stop giggling if I served dinner at that table!!! hehe
.-= Annie@A View on Design´s last blog ..Design Inspiration Post… =-.

Trish @TheOldPostRoad January 12, 2010 at 10:29 pm

That hurt my eyes. Quite thankful for my little cottage, right now.
.-= Trish @TheOldPostRoad´s last blog ..Which Painting Do You Like BEST? =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now January 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm

My thoughts after seeing the 1st photo? “Aladdin and Jasmine could be very happy here.” ๐Ÿ˜‰
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Decorating Dilemmas Party…Round 5! =-.

Robyn January 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Well, at least the kitchen looks somewhat normal!
.-= Robyn´s last blog ..Which came first? =-.

a-m January 12, 2010 at 10:50 pm

My eyes are bleeding! A-M xx
.-= a-m´s last blog ..Ok, This Is Going To Sound A Little Weird…. =-.

Annie January 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I found the one place where they missed the mark. The garage door. It’s this totally normal, white, ugly garage door. Just like every other house in the country! That place is too much, oh my, I don’t think I could live like that.

The Little Red Shop January 12, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Oy oy oy! What a find!

: )

Julie M.
.-= The Little Red Shop´s last blog ..One Word… =-.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints January 12, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Looks like fake furniture. That silver bed was unbelievable. Almost like Liberace’s doll house:)
.-= Becky @ Farmgirl Paints´s last blog ..I Love Dare ya! =-.

Edwina January 12, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Yup, pet tiger definitely needed to live here. Possibly a chimp too. A servant chimp. With a red hat with a tassel on it.
.-= Edwina´s last blog ..Giveaway! =-.

Kristin@Bouelvard Interior Design January 12, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Liberace, Donald Trump, and Elvis would be right at home. I think the Donald and Elvis would be okay if the girls came too. Lib, not so much.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno January 12, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Ugh, this is hideous!
.-= Sara @ Russet Street Reno´s last blog ..Replacing a sad light fixture =-.

Sarah @ Thriftydecorchick January 12, 2010 at 11:49 pm

It looks like a theater in NYC! Wow. Uhhh…wow. The models are a perfect touch — you are so right about the clientele!! :)
.-= Sarah @ Thriftydecorchick´s last blog ..Make it work! =-.

Lesley @ TheDesignFile January 13, 2010 at 12:26 am

I don’t even know what to think about this place. It’s unbelievably bad. I hate to be so blunt…but I just can’t help myself. Wow!

Still…so glad you posted it. It’s great to see that these kinds of places exist and that someone apparently wants them!
.-= Lesley @ TheDesignFile´s last blog ..Inspired by: Brown & blue print Kmart drapes =-.

Nate @ LaurelStreet January 13, 2010 at 12:54 am

Julia – I have Donald Trump on the phone and he wants to know who the designer was for this place… in the meantime Um, err, I just threw up a little in my mouth.
.-= Nate @ LaurelStreet´s last blog ..Designer Discovery: Jeffrey Alan Marks =-.

Cindy January 13, 2010 at 1:03 am

What is up with the blue bedroom?!?!?! Well I suppose that question applies to the entire house;) LOVE your website! I stumbled upon it while looking for pics of the closet from the SATC movie to show someone. Next movie comes out May 28th – can’t wait!

Linda in AZ * January 13, 2010 at 1:55 am

* OMG! As a born & bred Southern Californian, I’m SOOOOOO EMBARRASSED to have “California” written after “Woodland Hills… (and to think mannnnny years ago my Aunt LIVED there!~~~ IN Woodland Hills, NOT that awful “sheik’s tent!”)!!!

(Note: Oh JULIA, this really HAS to be some kind of “BAD JOKE”… RIGHT????)…

Linda in AZ *

Pat's Addition January 13, 2010 at 1:57 am

Goes to prove ya can’t buy taste in houses or harems.
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Nathan January 13, 2010 at 2:27 am

Omg. Wow. That bedroom with the blue and silver. EWW! I’ll take my tiny studio apartment over that.

Kim January 13, 2010 at 2:30 am

I saw the outside of this house, and couldn’t wait to see the inside. Then I saw the inside and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Is that really what it looks like in the inside? I wonder what that house looked like before they transformed it into this ugly, horrible looking place. There’s no way the owners are going to get $6.5million for their house.

Mrs C January 13, 2010 at 4:51 am

Oh dear….so much money…so little taste!
.-= Mrs C´s last blog ..In love with this kitchen…………. =-.

Dagny @ Beautiful Living January 13, 2010 at 7:39 am

Wow, that’s actually horrible!! LOL! Thank you so much for sharing, definitely brings out some serious lols!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Have a fabulous Wednesday!
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Michelle January 13, 2010 at 8:11 am

LOL on your last statement, so true. If the girls came with it, Hef might be a buyer. That is just so interesting, and dare I say ridiculously ugly!
.-= Michelle´s last blog ..Guest Posting Today For Rue… =-.

Stephanie January 13, 2010 at 8:12 am

Not my favorite…looks a little too gaudy for my taste!
.-= Stephanie´s last blog ..it came in threes …. remember to Laugh …sappy post , beware =-.

Mom in High Heels January 13, 2010 at 8:27 am

I don’t know. There’s just not enough….oomph for me. If the seller would just put in some more carved panels and chandeliers and then maybe. :)
.-= Mom in High Heels´s last blog ..Poop in the mail and on the stairs: Random Thoughts Tuesday =-.

Christine January 13, 2010 at 8:30 am

LOL… that is the most gaudy thing I have ever seen! ๐Ÿ˜€
.-= Christine´s last blog ..And the randomness continues… =-.

Carol M January 13, 2010 at 8:50 am

Wow. I think that style is called Old Las Vegas. Indeed, money can’t buy taste. Tacky, tacky, tacky.

Paula Grace January 13, 2010 at 9:17 am

OMG! That is waaayyyyyyy over the top. The silver room is awesome though. I wouldn’t want it but it is very cool. The mirrored ceiling is so dramatic I have a soap-opera look on my face right now ~ AND holding it…..
Paula Grace :)
.-= Paula Grace´s last blog ..Krisitn Drohan ~ =-.

Katie W. January 13, 2010 at 9:19 am

How fun to see this on your blog!

Christi at A Southern Life January 13, 2010 at 9:19 am

I’m agreeing with the too much money, too little taste. That was my first thought. Wow, I’m not sure what is worse the awful decor or the models posing in the awful decor.
.-= Christi at A Southern Life´s last blog ..Southern Winter =-.

rue January 13, 2010 at 9:56 am

I’m absolutely speechless Julia… seriously speechless.

.-= rue´s last blog ..Another old house lover =-.

Cori Heffernan January 13, 2010 at 10:01 am

There are times where I see a house and although it’s not my style, I can appreciate the beauty. This is not one of those times. It is interesting though.

DesignTies January 13, 2010 at 10:07 am

Yikes!! Proof that money can’t buy taste!!!!

That being said, I actually love the blue & silver colour scheme in the bedroom. But I’d do it WAY more understated!!!!

.-= DesignTies´s last blog ..Design Trade: Give Us Your Best Shot II Competition =-.

greenie January 13, 2010 at 10:38 am

Barf! I swear I would go insane if I had to stay in the blue bedroom. Was this previously owned by a South American drug runner?… Scarface perhaps?…

Bailey January 13, 2010 at 11:40 am

I luff gooolllddd.
This place brings pain to my eyeballs, but your description (and the agents) makes me laugh.
.-= Bailey´s last blog ..Wedding Wednesday: Abby and Sam =-.

Liz January 13, 2010 at 11:52 am

It’s a brothel, no doubt; and terribly overstated. This is not what you’d call a cozy, warm home. It looks like it should be in Vegas.

StuccoHouse January 13, 2010 at 11:59 am

Don’t you want to see a photo of the current owner/seller of the house? I’m dying to see who’s dream house this is.
.-= StuccoHouse´s last blog ..Electrical Outage =-.

hookedonhouses January 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm


Yes! The description refers vaguely to a “designer” who lives there and did the remodel. Not sure if that’s an interior designer or fashion designer. Dying to know! -Julia

Derek January 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I think I am on comment overload with this one. It reminds me of the Beverly Hillbillies, and the Unsinkable Molly Brown sindrome. County bumpkins that make it rich and think this is what the wealthy lifestyle is. The contactor and designer are as guilty as the home owner for the lack of taste and restraint. But for money some people will do anything, including bringing this travesty into being. It reminds me of Las Vegas, where everything is a cheep copy of the original.

Versailles called. It wants its rooms back.

L.L. Barkat January 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Look at that silver bed! Oh my. :) Nothing like that here in this humble Tudor. :)

Northerngirl January 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm

hmmmmmm? “Less is more?”

Angela January 13, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Funny!! I think I’d rather have a cottage by the sea…

~angela @ peonypatch
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Jocelyn Stott January 13, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Oh man…let’s just say that money doesn’t buy style. Ugh. Is it okay that I disliked everything about it?

Thank you for showing it though – love the blog, as always.
.-= Jocelyn Stott´s last blog ..Healthy Inspiration via Ms. Gloria Gaynor =-.

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries January 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I feel dirty looking at those – that is one over the top “house?” They might be better off turning that into a boutique hotel I think. It has a tacky Madonna Inn type of feel.
.-= Kristen @ More Than Mulberries´s last blog ..The Bachelor: See Ya Rozlyn! =-.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions January 13, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Yes, I have to agree that I don’t think the models come with the house {cause that would be, you know, illegal!}. Could you imagine going to look at this as a married couple and having these two hanging around. I think the husband might lose his ear as the wife drags him away to the car {hopefully, the only appendage he needs to worry about}.

I have to say I like the outside, but isn’t there a saying that goes something like, “Just because they have money, it doesn’t mean they have taste”. Just sayin’.

Puna January 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Ludwig’s castle? Blech…who in the world would be able to live there?
.-= Puna´s last blog ..Iโ€™m Really Movinโ€™ Now =-.

Fergie January 13, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Hmm… it may be grand, but with all the color, detail and extravagance, it comes off oppressive. Where’s the natural daylight?
.-= Fergie´s last blog ..A Resolution =-.

laney January 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm

…oh my goodness…can you say bordello…

Vicki January 14, 2010 at 12:05 am

.-= Vicki´s last blog ..Give a day, get a day =-.

Cashon & Co. January 14, 2010 at 9:50 am

oh. my. gosh.
oh. my!!!
i’m speechless

Heather January 14, 2010 at 11:34 am

Palatial and creepy!
.-= Heather´s last blog ..Meri Meri! =-.

Julie M January 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Wow, all that and only a two car garage. That seems kinda weird…

rebecca January 14, 2010 at 11:26 pm

All I can say is Gross, Gross, Gross.

angela|thepaintedhouse January 15, 2010 at 12:44 am

oh, good gracious! Did they really have to put the two ladies in the bed? Classy.
.-= angela|thepaintedhouse´s last blog ..This Little Piggy Went to Market =-.

Pam January 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I have a headache, nausea and my teeth hurt! Yikes!
.-= Pam´s last blog ..Blatant Self Promotion Warning! =-.

Why S? January 15, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Ah, yes, the ‘burb of Woodland Hills. This doesn’t surprise me at all. I think there might be a lot of that “more money than taste” syndrome going on there.

For those of you who ask who would live here or who would do this, there are two possibilities. One is that the San Fernando Valley is the center of the US porn industry, so we can only guess at what may have prompted this “design.” The other is that this aesthetic is not meant for you or for me or even for the nouveau riche as was speculated. It is meant for certain moneyed immigrants who want to surround themselves with an aesthetic that may be perfectly acceptable in their homeland. Remember the palaces of Saddam Hussein? Ah, it’s all becoming clear now.
.-= Why S?´s last blog ..Epiphany =-.

Molly January 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm


Tracy January 16, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Doesn’t get much more nightmarish than this!

Maxine January 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Looks like a Sims house!
.-= Maxine´s last blog ..We found a house…I think (01-19-10) =-.

Nancy February 15, 2010 at 9:44 am

Did anyone else appreciate the irony in the fact that the listing agent’s name is Mr. Goldin? Hmmmmm.

hookedonhouses February 15, 2010 at 9:46 am

Too funny! -Julia

Nancy February 24, 2010 at 6:47 pm

“Gilty” as charged.

Anna March 11, 2010 at 10:29 am

Too splashy for me, looks like a lobby to a casino

Audrey March 12, 2010 at 7:12 pm

My parents live in Woodland Hills, and most of it is filled with cute, humble, updated 1950’s homes with big yards. I think “Why S’s” comment was extremely smug and racist in regards to immigrants; there is a certain tendency to flaunt wealth in LA and that is not limited to people of color or non-US born citizens. My guess is pornography, honestly. That’s not just stereotype in SFV :)

Dr. H March 27, 2010 at 7:31 am

Audrey—I don’t think “Why S’s” comment was racist at all. My immediate impression when I saw this house was exactly what she said… The people who decorated this house are very likely wealthy immigrants from a place where this type of decor is fashionable. There is nothing racist about that. It DOES look like Saddam Hussein’s palace! I would not be offended if someone from another country came to my house and said “gee, it looks like a White American family lives here” (Or should they say “Caucasian-American” “European-Scandinavian-American” or “Person of light skin tone” ?)

Let’s all just chill out with this ridiculous P.C. hysteria and call a spade a spade. Good grief!!!

P.S. I think you may have offended the adult-film-industry-professionals (they don’t like to be called “pornographers”)…

Justin May 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm

it’s down to 2.6 million now.

A steal!

Leslie May 30, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I thought that was kind of funny, too! Almost $4,000,000 off the original price, wonder why? Ha!

Kokuanani August 21, 2010 at 9:55 pm

It’s worth clicking on the “listing” link to see a picture of the realtor.

Catherine December 15, 2010 at 10:15 am

For all that money, you would think that the yellow-gold bedroom would have a quilt that matched the pillows, at least…and was centered on the bed!

Catherine December 15, 2010 at 10:18 am

However, the music playing on the listing page is EXQUISITE!
.-= Catherine´s last blog ..Seattle Prattle =-.

Nancy January 4, 2011 at 9:34 am

They obviously went baroque furnishing the place…

Antoinette Scognamiglio January 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm

If this house were a girl, she’d be the town slut. Nuf’ said.

Annie Pazoo January 23, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Buy it now! It’s a bargain at the reduced price of ONLY $2.35mm. Pass.

Christina January 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm

My first impression is: drug dealer (or pimp). By the time they got to the kitchen, they must have run out of bad taste! I noticed its been reduced to 2.3 million. Bargain! lol

Tina February 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Don’t the homeowners know that leaving toothbrushes out might make their house look tacky?

Ken April 5, 2011 at 7:20 am

This is amazing!!! Found the post through agentsonline.net. You would think that with such a “palace” they could get a slightly better photographer… as for the house, I kind of, sort of love it… not quite the most tacky place I’ve every seen, but makes the top 10 list.



Victoria May 13, 2011 at 11:24 am

That was the UGLIEST house I have ever seen. Apparently, money can’t buy taste.

Jess Cool August 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm

the ceiling in the second picture looks like a ton of picture frames spray painted gold and shoved up there.

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