The Televangelist Lists a Traditionally Elegant Mansion in Southern California
A lifelong evangelical preacher and faith healer, Rev. Peter Popoff, has listed his Los Angeles-area home for just over $8.1 million, asking for infomercial-style revivals on late-night television. The fully landscaped compound consists of three structures that are laden with numerous custom amenities, all deep within the guard-gated Bradbury Estates community.
Mur-Sol Builders, a prolific local estate specialist, built the 7,300-square-foot main house in 2000. It offers six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. Since early 2007, when they bought the $4.5 million French chateau-inspired structure, Popoff and Liz have lived in the place for 16 years.
The Popoffs have spent another small fortune upgrading the premises since then. It was re-landscaped, multiple rooms in the mansion were renovated, a pool house and a separate poolside bathroom were installed and the property was landscaped.
Even though the property is located within a 24/7 guarded enclave, its own front gate is monitored by cameras. An elegant main house is situated on the other side of a long driveway that crosses a bridge over shallow water and passes formal gardens, plus a four-car garage and parking for more than ten vehicles on the motorcourt. Undoubtedly, the oak tree-studded grounds are stunning, and the terraced garden areas were custom-built for the Popoffs, so I'm sure they cost a lot of money to maintain.
There is a stone-floored foyer with a curved staircase and an enormous crystal chandelier at the front of the house. A wood-paneled library is located on the left, and a blue wallpapered dining room with wainscoting and elaborate moldings is located on the right. This home features a vaulted ceiling and fireplace in the living room, a two-story wet bar in the family room, and a breakfast room that connects to it. In addition to marble-look granite countertops, custom cabinetry, and top-of-the-line Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, the chef's kitchen features a butler's pantry and a very blue center island.
This main floor home theater/TV room could also serve as a live-in housekeeper's ensuite bedroom, but it is currently configured as a cozy living room. Upstairs, there are five additional bedrooms, all with full bathrooms, though the Popoffs converted two of them into a giant walk-in closet and an executive-style office with a full wet bar. There are currently only three bedrooms in the house, including a sumptuous master suite with carpeting, a fully renovated bathroom, and a wet bar, but future owners could easily change that.
There are spacious concrete patios for entertaining al fresco in most of the backyard, which is new. There is also a cupola-topped, 1,000-square-foot pool house with lanai sliding doors and a fireplace, in addition to a separate small building with a bathroom and convenient changing facilities. The patios surround a plunge pool with an inset spa.
This listing is held by Nancy Telford of Telford Real Estate, who notes there is a $483 monthly HOA dues obligation.
As a televised faith healer and Charismatic Christianity revivalist, Popoff gained widespread fame in the early 1980s. It was revealed that he was using a hidden earpiece to aid his abilities during many of his sermons in which he would place hands on his congregation and miraculously "cure" them of their illnesses. Ultimately, Popoff's popularity declined and he declared bankruptcy, but the German-born evangelist has rebuilt his ministry, which reportedly received more than $20 million in donations in one year.
According to records, the Popoffs also own three large warehouses in Upland, Cal., about 20 miles east of Bradbury, in addition to their for-sale estate.