Paul Williams-designed Bel-Air estate hits market

Traditional manse built in 1936, later expanded

10771 Bellagio Rd. wh Paul Williams (Zillow and Los Angeles Public Library)
10771 Bellagio Rd. wh Paul Williams (Zillow and Los Angeles Public Library)

A 20,000 square-foot, Paul Williams-designed Bel-Air mansion is on the market for $65 million.

“Years in construction, this gem is a showplace for art and high design,” the listing says. “A rare combination of scale, quality and location.”

The 1.1-acre property is located at 10771 Bellagio Road, overlooking the Bel-Air Country Club, and has a style to match, with a traditional all-white exterior and landscaped grounds that include a large circular motor court, infinity pool, fountain and putting green. The 10-bedroom mansion includes a primary suite with a sitting room and “closets that rival the finest retail stores,” as well as a home theater, wine cellar, bar and eight fireplaces. The estate has a total of four kitchens.

The sellers are Todd and Kasey Lemkin, according to records, who bought the property in 2016 for $27.6 million from the attorney Jeffrey Kaplan and his wife, Tracy.

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The estate was built in 1936 by the pioneering architect Paul Williams; the Kaplans bought it in the early ‘00s and subsequently renovated and expanded it.

Williams, who died in 1980, ranks among L.A.’s most preeminent 20th-century figures: He was the first Black architect to be admitted into the American Institute of Architects and helped design buildings including the Los Angeles County Courthouse; he also built homes for celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball, helping establish an aesthetic that would come to define L.A. luxury architecture.

Another Williams-designed property on Bellagio Road — also 20,000 square feet — sold for $43 million in April 2020, a sale that at the time marked L.A.’s highest price since the beginning of pandemic-era lockdowns.