Unreal Estate: A $6.5 Million Gilded “Palace”

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

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  1. Annie says

    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.

  2. says

    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! =-.

  3. Cindy says

    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!

  4. Linda in AZ * says

    * 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 *

  5. Nathan says

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

  6. Kim says

    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.

  7. Carol M says

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

  8. says

    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 ~ =-.

  9. Cori Heffernan says

    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.

  10. greenie says

    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?…

  11. Liz says

    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.

    • hookedonhouses says


      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

  12. Derek says

    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.

  13. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    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’.

  14. says

    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 =-.

  15. Julie M says

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

  16. says

    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 =-.

  17. Nancy says

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

  18. Audrey says

    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 :)

  19. Dr. H says

    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”)…

    • Leslie says

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

  20. Kokuanani says

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

  21. says

    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!

  22. Annie Pazoo says

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

  23. Christina says

    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

  24. Tina says

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

  25. says

    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.



  26. Victoria says

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

  27. Jess Cool says

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