Rupert Murdoch’s elder son purchased the $150 million Chartwell Estate last year and has now scooped up the supermodel’s Balinese-style dwelling next door
By Joyce ChenAugust 21, 2020
Cheryl Tiegs’s Balinese-style Bel Air home has found a new owner—her next-door neighbor Lachlan Murdoch. Lachlan, who is the heir to Rupert Murdoch’s Fox media empire, paid $14.1 million for her exquisite Martyn Lawrence Bullard–designed home, though it isn’t quite clear what his plans are for the residence. Lachlan and his wife, Sarah Murdoch, moved in next door to Tiegs just last year after paying a then-record-breaking $150 million for the late media mogul Jerry Perenchio’s massive estate, called Chartwell. (Fun fact: Chartwell was featured in the 1960s series The Beverly Hillbillies, so it may look familiar to fans of the long-running sitcom.)
Acquiring Tiegs’s longtime home could be a way for Murdoch to expand his current property into an even larger compound. Chartwell sits on 10 contiguous acres, and the purchase of Tiegs’s place adds another 1.43.Discover AD PRO
As for the former supermodel, the sale of the estate marks the end of an era. Tiegs bought it in 1996 for $2.5 million, and since then she has updated and renovated the 4,770-square-foot house to the glamorous oasis that it is today, with an incredible great room that comprises the living room, the family room, and a formal dining room, all united under a sky-high ceiling held up by intricately stenciled wood beams. The kitchen features a unique pressed-tin ceiling, with nearly floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open out onto the backyard. There are a total of four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms, including the main suite with its own sitting area, two-way fireplace, fitted walk-in closet, dressing area, and spa-like bathroom. The ultra-private property is surrounded by tall palm trees and other tropical plants that protect a backyard with a kidney-shaped pool, a separate guesthouse, and a meditation pavilion with Japanese tea-stained rice wallpaper.