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LA mansion of hotelier William Barron Hilton hits the market for $75million after death last year

The iconic 13-bedroom, 17-bathroom Los Angeles mansion of the hotelier William Barron Hilton went on the market Tuesday for an ambitious $75million.

The Bel-Air estate was the longtime home of the late business magnate, who was the son and successor of Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton.

He picked up the elegant trophy estate in the 1960s, and it remained the family home over the decades.

The mammoth price tag place on the 2.55-acre property makes it the 11th-priciest property on the market in LA County, according to the Los Angeles Times

The iconic 13-bedroom, 17-bathroom Los Angeles mansion of the hotelier William Barron Hilton is on the market

The pool house lies after an expansive lawn to the back of the 2.55-acre estate in Beverly Hills

The pool house lies after an expansive lawn to the back of the 2.55-acre estate in Beverly Hills

Georgian-style columns surround a patio looking out on the mansion's back lawn

Georgian-style columns surround a patio looking out on the mansion’s back lawn

The 15,000 sq. ft. home is split over two levels and features a step-down living room

The 15,000 sq. ft. home is split over two levels and features a step-down living room

One of the home's outdoor dining areas surrounded by Georgian columns. It was first built in 1936

One of the home’s outdoor dining areas surrounded by Georgian columns. It was first built in 1936

The house was designed by the famed Paul R. Williams and is considered one of his most iconic works

The house was designed by the famed Paul R. Williams and is considered one of his most iconic works

There is an Olympic-sized swimming pool as well as several reflecting pools and fountains on the property

There is an Olympic-sized swimming pool as well as several reflecting pools and fountains on the property

The main pool features thousands of hand-painted tiles showing the 12 signs of the zodiac

The main pool features thousands of hand-painted tiles showing the 12 signs of the zodiac

There are 13 bedrooms in total in the expansive Beverly Hills mansion

There are 13 bedrooms in total in the expansive Beverly Hills mansion

Hilton lived in the home until his death in September last year aged 91. 

He had served as chairman, president and chief executive of Hilton Worldwide, which holds more than 6,000 hotels globally, turning his father’s empire into one of the world’s most recognizable hotel brands during his 30-year tenure.

Born in 1927, Hilton didn’t begin working for his father’s company until 1951, after he’d made his own fortune in orange juice products, an oil company and an aircraft-leasing business.

Before this, he was an avid pilot who served as a Navy photographer during World War II.

When Barron took over from Conrad, he transitioned the brand into gaming with the purchase of two Las Vegas casinos – the Flamingo and the International – and renamed it the Las Vegas Hilton. 

Within months their gambling revenue accounted for 40 percent of the company profits. 

Barron was also popularly recognized as a member of the ‘Foolish Club:’ eight businessmen that pulled together resources to begin the American Football League, a rival to the NFL in the 1960s, before it was eventually swallowed up by the other league. 

Barron Hilton and his granddaughter Paris pictured in 2010

Barron Hilton and his granddaughter Paris pictured in 2010

And he was the original owner of the Los Angeles Chargers. Despite becoming a billionaire with Hilton Holdings, Barron once told the Los Angeles Times that his time over the Chargers was his happiest. 

In 2007, Barron pledged to give 97 percent of his wealth to the family’s foundation which is run by his son, Steve. The foundation had been established in 1944 and Conrad Hilton also left almost 100 percent of his estate to the charity. 

The same year, the Blackstone Group bought the Hilton chain’s hotels – including its famed Waldorf-Astoria – for $26billion.

Three years later, Barron also signed The Giving Pledge, an initiative launched by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, in which he reiterated that he planned to donate most of his wealth – estimated at $4.5billion – to humanitarian work.

Barron had two daughters and six sons, as well as 15 grandchildren – including Paris and Nicky – and four great-grandchildren. His wife, Marilyn Hawley Hilton, died in 2004 after sixty years of marriage.

Even though he left most of his estate to charity, surviving family members would still get millions for the remaining money. 

Suites at the back of the home overlook the perfectly manicured lawns

Suites at the back of the home overlook the perfectly manicured lawns

The house also features an elegant, winding staircase. It was the Hilton family home for decades

The house also features an elegant, winding staircase. It was the Hilton family home for decades

To the very back of the estate in a sunken tennis court, pictured above

To the very back of the estate in a sunken tennis court, pictured above

The driveway to the elegant home that is now on the market for $75million following Hilton's death

The driveway to the elegant home that is now on the market for $75million following Hilton’s death

Designed by Paul R. Williams, the Georgian-style mansion he bought as his family’s main residence lies in the Holmby Hills neighborhood, where general house prices run into the tens and evens hundreds of millions.

Adele, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, and Taylor Swift have all purchased properties nearby and Beyoncé and Jay Z have rented in the area.

The home itself covers 15,000 sq. ft. with a step-down living room, formal dining room, billiards room, den and commercial kitchen, on top of the multitude of bedrooms and bathrooms.

It runs over a two-story plan with a pair of primary suites that look out over the perfectly manicured lawns.  

A circular breakfast room was one of William's most famed designed, created for intimacy during family dining

A circular breakfast room was one of William’s most famed designed, created for intimacy during family dining 

Hilton purchased the home in the 1960s and remained there until his death in 2019 aged 91

Hilton purchased the home in the 1960s and remained there until his death in 2019 aged 91

Inspired by Georgian architecture, there are delicate moldings and panelings paired with metal window frames and doors

Inspired by Georgian architecture, there are delicate moldings and panelings paired with metal window frames and doors

The large house still features several small cozy corners despite its size

The large house still features several small cozy corners despite its size

Inspired by Georgian architecture, there are delicate moldings and panelings, paired with metal window frames and doors.

A massive lawn lies to the back with columns surrounding a patio.

Further down the estate, there is a pool house and sunken tennis court, as well as reflecting pool and fountains, but one of its most special features sits just past the lawn in the Olympic-sized swimming pool.

The custom pool has been decorated with thousands of hand-painted tiles in blue, gold and yellow featuring the twelve signs of the zodiac. 

One of the homes 13 bedrooms is pictured above. The main suites look over the lawns

One of the homes 13 bedrooms is pictured above. The main suites look over the lawns

One of the mansion's 17 bathrooms pictured above., also featuring molding and paneling

One of the mansion’s 17 bathrooms pictured above., also featuring molding and paneling

A vanity corner in one of the trophy estate's many bathrooms, pictured above

A vanity corner in one of the trophy estate’s many bathrooms, pictured above

Fountains, such as the one pictured above through the window, are dotted around the grounds

Fountains, such as the one pictured above through the window, are dotted around the grounds

The pool house and main pool lies just beyond the back lawn, pictured above

The pool house and main pool lies just beyond the back lawn, pictured above

Some of the suites feature balconies such as the one pictured to the right

Some of the suites feature balconies such as the one pictured to the right

There are several reflecting pools such as the one above through the 2.55-acre grounds as well

There are several reflecting pools such as the one above through the 2.55-acre grounds as well

‘It’s the best pool that I have ever seen. It’s a piece of art. It’s very magical,’ Hilton’s son Richard told Mansion Global. 

He and the philanthropist’s grandson Barron N. Hilton, both of Hilton & Hyland, are acting as agents in the sale. 

‘I have five brothers and two sisters. Everyone lived in the same house,’ said Richard, who moved into the house when he was 12. ‘There was no need for playdates.’

The property also comes with plenty of other history, having been designed by pioneering black artist Williams. 

It is considered one of his most iconic works and features a circular breakfast room, which was a hallmark of Williams’ for intimate family dining.

‘The property was designed so well, there was no structural work to be redone,’ Richard said. ‘It has always been perfectly maintained.’

This house was originally built in 1936 for Jay Paley, of the famed Paley family who founded the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). 

Williams designed many other homes in the area, and included Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz among his clients. 

‘This happens to be the best one he ever designed,’ Richard added. 

He believes the  home with attract a buyer who is a fan of Williams, declaring the mansion ‘like a piece of Picasso for the art world’. 


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