The Hidden Hills Vineyard estate has been purchased by Rams' Matthew Stafford
It's only now becoming public knowledge that Matthew Stafford, the $160 million football manager who led the Los Angeles Rams to a Super Bowl victory last year, purchased an architecturally atypical Hidden Hills estate. A notable discount from the original $13.7 million asking price was achieved by the Staffords when they paid $10.5 million for their new home.
It stands rigidly upright atop a high knoll, unlike most Hidden Hills manors, which are newly-built modern farmhouses. With more than 11,000 square feet of living space, the home has eight bedrooms, eight full baths, and two powder rooms.
By transforming their L.A.-adjacent mansion into a boutique winery known as Wish Vineyards, shopping center magnate William "Bill" Hayes and his wife Susan Hayes designed the house and grounds custom-built in '88. The estate's cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes are harvested by a crew that tends the rows of vines. According to Rich Report, the vineyard is capable of producing 300 cases of red wine each year.
A long driveway climbs the hill to the house, which has a very large motorcourt accessible through a covered gate. The entire lot is landscaped, even though it is on a steeply sloped hillside - there are formal gardens, lawns and specimen trees, as well as a pool/spa combo, covered patios and outdoor grilling areas. Vineyards are located out back, and several engineered staircases allow crews and homeowners easy access.
This home's interior retains a traditional feel despite being unstaged and mostly furniture-free. There are rich wood paneling and walnut built-ins in many of the lavish formal rooms, and hardwood and stone floors are prevalent throughout.
There are seven ensuite bedrooms in the main house and an additional guest apartment and detached guesthouse, as well as a wet bar and gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. The wine cellar is also spacious.
Since the Staffords recently sold their former Hidden Hills mansion for $21 million, it's no surprise they're looking to buy a house of this stature. In addition to their new winery estate, the family also recently acquired two smaller Hidden Hills homes from Drake, reportedly for investment purposes. They also own their Newport Coast vacation home, a Tuscan-inspired mansion purchased in 2020.
Hidden Hills, a gated community deep in the San Fernando Valley, has become the Rams' unofficial hangout. Stafford is joined by Cooper Kupp, Jalen Ramsey, Aaron Donald, and Sean McVay as current residents.