Madonna’s Former Hollywood Hills Home, a Legendary Piece of L.A. Real Estate, Lists for $21M

Castillo del Lago (“Castle on the Lake”) was built almost 100 years ago in 1926 and has since become an iconic L.A. residence. Not only was it owned by Madonna for four years in the 1990s and then filmmaker Joe Pytka for 14, but the home was also the backdrop in the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop. One could go on and on about the long list of interesting occupants and happenings here. The current owner, Russian-American fashion designer Leon Max, purchased the estate from Pytka in 2010 and just listed it for $21 million as his family moves to England.

“Castillo del Lago is one of [the] most incredible and legendary estates in the Hollywood Hills,” shares listing agent Brett Lawyer, and it’s easy to see why someone would say so. Research done by David Silverman of LA House Histories reveals that the spectacular spread was originally designed by John DeLario and tactfully transformed from a Spanish Colonial into the Italianate you see today under Madonna’s ownership. Made up of colorful tiles, grand fireplaces, rounded archways, and beautiful woodwork, the 10,513-square-foot manse is bursting with character and delightful details.

Sitting on a cliffside and crawling with ivy, the property would fit right in upon a hill in European wine country. The foyer’s spiral staircase is the first show-stopping moment inside, but far from the last. The two-story living room stuns with ornately stenciled wood beams and rows of French doors that capture beautiful views of the Los Angeles skyline. Moving outside, a serene scene is set with lush greenery and a small lap pool decorated in blue tiles.

Much like one would expect of a castle, the primary suite sits in its own wing with relaxing sitting areas, double bathrooms, and dazzling views from sunrise to sunset. There are eight more suites, too, making it tough for guests to stay away.

Linda May and Brett Lawyer of Carolwood Estates share the listing.