An opulent Bel Air villa owned by the producer of 'Gotti' is for sale
High-powered personal injury attorney turned prolific B-movie producer Vance Owen has put an $8 million price on an extravagantly appointed pan-European villa set behind a verdant wall of hedging in L.A.’s ultra-posh Bel Air community. The property is available though Billy Dolan at Carolwood Estates.
Known among his Spanish-speaking legal client as “El Abogado Güero,” The Mexico-born Owen has dozens of credits as a film and television producer, including the 2018 biopic “Gotti,” which was a spectacular failure, and several of Bruce Willis’ last films, including the unfavorably received “Fortress” (and its even less successful sequel), along with last year’s dud “Wrong Place.”
Purchased by the multidisciplinary legal eagle and entrepreneur about four years ago for $6.85 million, the 8,000-square-foot home sits on almost an acre of land, much of which is comprised of an unusable slope that makes a vertiginous rise behind the house, according to Rich Report. Inside the imposing security gates, opulence and extravagance reign, from the carefully clipped spiral cypress trees planted in stone urns that flank the front door, to the marble staircase with its floridly curlicued wrought iron railing, to the champagne-hued brocade wallpaper in the formal dining room.
There is also a spacious formal living room with fireplace, a family room with fireplace, wet bar, and French doors to the backyard, a stately library with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, and a gourmet kitchen featuring custom wood cabinetry and high-quality appliances.
Among the home's five bedrooms, all of which feature en suite bathrooms, is a staff suite on the main floor and a lavish master suite on the second floor with a fireplace, sitting room, balcony, and expansive closets. There is also a second family room/media room upstairs.
Faux-grassed for drought tolerance, the grounds are surrounded by high hedges, shaded by mature specimen trees, and adorned with bougainvillea sprays. In addition to a heated swimming pool and spa, there are several terraces and patios for al fresco dining and entertaining, as well as a built-in grill, an outdoor fireplace, and a charming children's playhouse.
In 2007, Owen bought another, more contemporary house cleaved to the precipitous slope above the Sunset Strip for $3.2 million from Phil McGraw, a daytime chat show host. As of right now, the property is in escrow to be sold with a price just under $4 million. It had been occupied by one of his sons.