This Designer Rebuilt Her Childhood Home as an $88 Million Minimalist Mansion

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A modern home designed by architect Paul McClean in the exclusive Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills is coming on the market for $88 million. 

The seller is a limited liability company controlled by Los Angeles developer Eli Sasson, 81. Mr. Sasson’s stepdaughter Gina Assouad, who is a developer and interior designer, oversaw the construction and design of the house, she said.

Ms. Assouad said she has worked on homes at well-known L.A. condo buildings such as Sierra Towers and The Century. She also worked with Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone on the design of her home in Brentwood.

Mr. Sasson has owned the land for decades, records show. Ms. Assouad, 36, said the family lived in a Louis XV-style house that formerly occupied the site—she spent her late teens there—until they decided to tear it down and replace it with a more modern, view-oriented property about eight years ago.

The recently completed mansion spans about 18,500 square feet with eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. It has a cantilevered outdoor entertaining deck, a 10-car garage with a car turntable, a temperature-controlled wine room, a 30-person movie theater with a candy bar, an infinity pool and two saunas—a traditional one and an infrared one, according to the listing agents.  

Ms. Assouad said she wanted to keep the design sleek and simple to let the views be the star. She had the European Oak wood floors flown in from Belgium, the cabinetry came from Italy and she hand selected Calacatta marble for the kitchens.

Gina Assouad with her stepfather, Eli Sasson


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There is a water feature at the home’s entrance, which was designed to make the home’s occupants feel as if they were entering into tranquility. Ms. Assouad also custom designed a lot of the furniture, including a set of mohair chairs, she said. The furniture is not included in the sale.

Mr. McClean, the architect, is behind some of L.A. ‘s best known contemporary estates, including “The One,” the Bel-Air spec house on the market for $295 million.

Ms. Assouad said her parents originally planned on living in the recently completed property, but now think it is too big. “It kind of grew into this massive scale property,” she said.

Mr. Sasson is the founder of Sassony Commercial Real Estate Company, a Los Angeles-based firm known for developing shopping centers and office buildings.

The Trousdale Estates is among the most sought after neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area. Comedian David Spade recently sold his longtime home in the area for $19.5 million, just a month after listing it for $19.995 million, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Branden and Rayni Williams of The Beverly Hills Estates share the listing with Tomer Fridman of Compass.


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Appeared in the February 25, 2022, print edition as ‘A Designer Rebuilt Her Childhood Home.’