Billy Dee Williams’ former Beverly Hills home lists for $13M

Supergraphics artist McNeilly helped transform one-story pad into a Balinese oasis

TRD LOS ANGELES /
Oct.October 25, 2018 09:00 AM
Billy Dee Williams and the home (Credit: Getty Images)

UPDATED October 25, 2018, at 2:33 p.m.:

The former Beverly Hills residence of “Star Wars” actor Billy Dee Williams — which was re-imagined as a “Balinese modern oasis” — is hitting the market for $13 million.

Situated on Loma Vista Drive in the exclusive Trousdale Estates neighborhood, the six-bedroom, six-bath home was the actor’s longtime residence before he sold it in 2012 to artist-provocateur Michael McNeilly for $2.79 million.

McNeilly later transferred it to Life Line Circuit LLC, an entity controlled by his partner, Katie Heidy, a London-based interior designer, Heidy said.

Heidy designed and transformed the one-story Mid-century Tiki Modern into a Balinese-themed retreat replete with multiple outdoor courtyards and patios “that are basically a Zen garden,” said Markus Canter, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway who has the listing.

“This home is the anti-white box,” Canter said, referring to the trend among spec developers to build glassy, ultra-modernist homes in Los Angeles’ priciest enclaves.

The 6,000-square-foot house, built in 1961, has two master bedroom suites and four additional ensuite bedrooms, and features wall-to-ceiling glass throughout the property. The couple extensively landscaped the grounds of the half-acre property, and added a pool pavilion that serves as a guest house, yoga studio or meditation space.

There is also a gated motor court and garage that can park six cars.

The house features artwork designed by the couple, including large paintings of legendary musicians like Bob Marley, Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison.

McNeilly, a longtime Beverly Hills resident, is known for his SkyTag company, which drapes “supergraphic” signs around skyscrapers and other buildings as a form of advertising. He has been sued by the City of Los Angeles for putting up the ads without permits.

He has frequently flirted with controversy. In 1991, after basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson announced he was HIV-positive, McNeilly projected a 50-foot image of the words “Do or Die” on the Playboy building in West Hollywood — with a torn condom package dotting the “i,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

Williams was best-known for his role as space bandit Lando Calrissian in the “Star Wars” franchise, first appearing in “The Empire Strikes Back.” He also appeared in “Brian’s Song” and “Lady Sings the Blues.”

The Trousdale neighborhood is known for its celebrity residents. Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and President Richard Nixon all lived there. More recently, actress Jennifer Aniston and designer Vera Wang have bought homes there.


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