Bling Empire Star Anna Shay Gets $13.9M for Historic Sunset Boulevard Mansion
When Netflix’s Bling empire – best described as a real life version of Crazy Rich Asians – First aired in January, the reality series became an instant hit and likely a future cult classic. Much of that success is due to fan-favorite runaway Anna Shay, the enigmatic cast member who stole every scene with her dry wit and deadpan delivery. Shay will be back for the next Bling empire season two, but not accompanying the trip, is the show’s other rising star: the billionaire heiress and the century-old mansion on Sunset Boulevard. That’s because the property just sold for $ 13.9 million after being initially listed with a $ 16 million application last year.
According to records, the discounted shopper is Daniel Bohbot, a Moroccan-born fashion designer and a longtime resident of Beverly Hills. Bohbot, 52, also owns a 90210 second home elsewhere on Sunset Boulevard, this is a decidedly contemporary boxy home that is as architecturally divergent from Shay’s classic Spanish Renaissance property as apples differ from cheese. roast. It is not yet known what he plans to do with his new real estate.
On Bling empire, Shay’s home served as the setting for several of the show’s most memorable moments, including a grand dinner in which the hostess deliberately moved the seat card of her arch nemesis, the nouveau riche socialite Christine Chiu, from near the head of the table to its very end, away from the favored members of Shay’s squad. (Yes, it’s kind of a one percent snub.) Later came the infamous penis pump incident, which occurred when two of Shay’s nosy guests threw a “plumbing fixture” from their home’s second-story bathroom window onto the lawn below. .
Built in 1926, the 8,700-square-foot mansion sits on over an acre of land, perched high on a grassy knoll above bustling Sunset Boulevard. The house was reportedly occupied in the mid-1930s by Shirley Temple, when she was only eight years old; In the 1940s, it was owned by prominent mobster Tony Milano, whose operations were based in both Ohio and Los Angeles. Milano owned the property until the late 1950s, hiding his wide range of mob activities behind the guise of a seemingly legitimate food production business. Bling Empire
The house full of character includes numerous original details: a one-of-a-kind entrance door, mosaics, intricately hand-stamped ceilings, colored fountains, which remain intact. Shay acquired the mansion for $ 9.4 million almost exactly a decade ago, in late 2011, and had long planned to give the facility a sensible but comprehensive restoration. But according to the 60-year-old reality star herself, those efforts were thwarted because she couldn’t find a temporary rental mansion willing to house her six Labrador retrievers. Still, it made some costly upgrades, including installing commercial-grade kitchen appliances, massive new entry doors, and a high-tech security system. Shay’s only son, son Kenny Kemp, also converted the property’s cellar into a “weed cellar” used to store his million-dollar bong collection.
Born in Tokyo but based for a long time in Los Angeles, Shay is the only daughter of the late billionaire industrialist Edward Shay, an American defense contractor who is often labeled an arms dealer, and his Japanese wife Ai-San. According to Shay, he is descended from Eastern European Jews on his father’s side, while his mother’s ancestry includes both Japanese merchants and the Russian aristocracy. Edward Shay died in 1995, 40 years after founding the government contracting firm Pacific Architects and Engineers (PAE); In 2006, Anna and her brother Allen Shay sold PAE to Lockheed Martin in a $ 1.2 billion cash deal. Bling Empire
With her Sunset Boulevard property discharged, Shay, a four-time divorcee, is downsizing to a secluded Mediterranean-style villa in the mountains above Beverly Hills. She bought the property from Dr. Phil’s son Jordan McGraw in 2019 for $ 5 million, and has since renovated and modernized the wildly decorated home.
Compass’s Stephen Sigoloff made the list; Vangelis Korasidis of Coldwell Banker represented the buyer.
This story first appeared on Dirt.com, which includes additional photos.