Gala Asher lists “Modern Fortress” in Holmby Hills for $55M

Massive walls line the property and a guardhouse includes a kitchen and bath
By Dennis Lynch and Jerome Dineen | August 14, 2019 12:00PM

Gala Asher’s latest spec home to hit the market (Credit: Redfin)

Gala Asher’s latest spec home to hit the market (Credit: Redfin)

A large and opulent spec mansion built by Gala Asher in Holmby Hills has listed for $55 million.

A listing for the 15,350-square-foot property at 145 N. Mapleton Drive hit listings platform Redfin on Wednesday with Ginger Glass of Compass as the listing agent.

The listing calls the Mapleton Drive mansion “a Modern Fortress with a private resort” with “massive walls” surrounding it for privacy and security. Asher seems to have used every bit of space on the property, which is less than an acre in size. Satellite imagery shows that the walls line it in its entirety.

A dedicated guard house has a full kitchen and bath. In all, the property has seven bedrooms and 14 bathrooms.

The “resort” appears to refer to a large courtyard area at the rear of the main house with a pool at its center. A dining room and other spaces flank the pool on either side. There’s also a court for pickleball and basketball.

Asher started working on the property in late 2017. He paid $12 million for the property, which at the time had an aging 6,000-square-foot house with five bedrooms. Glass also repped Asher in that purchase. It wasn’t clear at the time what exactly Asher planned to build there.

In 2016, Asher sold another fortress nearly twice the size in Holmby Hills for a record-setting $100 million to Tom Gores, the CEO of Platinum Equities and the owner of the Detroit Pistons.

Elsewhere, Asher has at least one other spec manse on the market. In June of last year, he listed the so-called “Wallingford Estate” for $135 million. The 31,000-square-foot home has 12 bedrooms and 24 bathrooms.