Bird Streets home flies off the market for $33M to reported Taiwanese buyer

The sale is the biggest in the Beverly Hills enclave for over a year; $42M sale could be next

Jan.January 27, 2020 12:58 PM
Sources say Gou is behind $33 million Bird Street purchase (Credit: Hilton and Hyland and Wikipedia)
Sources say Terry Gou is behind $33 million Bird Streets purchase (Credit: Hilton and Hyland and Wikipedia)

A Bird Streets home flew off the market Monday for $33 million to a Taiwanese billionaire with a second mega-sale waiting in the wings.

A 17,000-square foot home at 9268 Robin Dr. in the exclusive Beverly Hills enclave has sold, according to the Multiple Listings Service, with a neighboring home at 9272 Robin Dr. expected to sell for $42 million to the same buyer, manufacturing industry titan Terry Gou, according to sources familiar with the deal.

The sales are easily the biggest in the past 12 months for a Bird Streets, where mega-listing prices have often not translated into huge sales.

Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency Inc. and Rayni Williams of Hilton & Hyland brokered the 9268 Robin Drive sale on behalf of Iranian-born businessperson Farzin Aghaipour. The pending sale at 9272 Robin Drive was done on behalf of Francesco Aquilini, owner of the Vancouver Canucks’ National Hockey League team and developer of the mansion, whose construction was completed last year.

Rappaport also represented the buyer in the deal, according to the MLS, who sources say is Gou.

Gou is the founder of Taiwan-headquartered electronic manufacturing company Foxconn, and he has a net worth of $5.9 billion, according to Bloomberg, making him the richest person in Taiwan.

Dirt first reported that Gou was the likely buyer, also based on anonymous sources. Williams said that she could not discuss the property due to a non-disclosure agreement she signed. Numerous messages left with Rappaport over the past week have not been returned.

Sources say Gou is also poised to buy the neighboring property. Dirt reports that the property was last listed at $52 million; it is not currently in the MLS.

The mega-sales come amid ups and down in the ultra-exclusive Bird Streets market, a mountainous expanse of Beverly Hills with feathery street names including Blue Jay Way and Nightingale Drive.

Through most of 2019, ultra expensive Bird Streets properties languished on the market. The biggest purchase was Rockstar Energy co-founder Russell Weiner shelling out $16.5 million in August for an apartment on Oriole Way.

“The market could have overheated there for a bit,” said David Parnes of The Agency, which listed the Hollywood Hills home that sold in December for $35.5 million. Parnes added that he’s “confident people will see the appeal of the Bird Streets product.”

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