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Soap opera execs list a celeb-favorite compound in Bel Air for $38M

The property owned by Bill and Maria Bell was belonged to Elvis Presley and Howard Hughes
April 30, 2018 09:30AM

Bill Bell Jr. and Maria Arena Bell with the property (Credit: Getty Images)

The longtime family home of Bill Bell Jr., soap opera production company executive, and his wife, writer-producer Maria Arena Bell, is now on the market for $37.5 million.

Designed by architect Wallace Neff in the 1930s, the property has traded hands among a few celebrities, including Howard Hughes, Elvis Presley and Prince Ranier of Monaco, Beverly Hills city co-founder Dolly Green and British actor Reginald Owen, Variety reported.

It spans 13,360 square feet, and includes five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Amenities include a curving grand staircase, swimming pool, gym, spa, terraced gardens and library.

The Bells purchased the property in 1991 for roughly $4.78 million, property records show.

Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency has the listing.

Bell is the president of Bell-Phillip Television Productions, a daytime series production company founded by his family, William J. and Lee Bell. He and his wife also own a property in Malibu’s Colony enclave. [Variety] — Natalie Hoberman